North Chiefs upset with President Lungu

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Chief Munkonge of the Bemba people in Kasama says traditional leaders are very upset with President Edgar Lungu’s initiative to scrap off the tribe and origin of individuals on National Registration Cards (NRC).

Speaking from his palace when opposition UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba Sunday evening, the traditional leader said the suggestion is ill, unacceptable and will not work in Zambia.

He says origin of a person on their NRC is important as it gives traditional pride and identity to individuals.

The Chief reveals that he has spoken to about 15 other traditional leaders from the Province who have also refused the suggestion and have since planned to meet Republican President Lungu over the matter.

And Chief Munkonge says the traditional leader’s will refuse vehemently to give out traditional land to Government as that is against the their beliefs.

Chief Munkonge notes that manoeuvres to have traditional land taken over by Government will not succeed as it is also one way of getting into conflict with the traditional leadership.

He warned that government should consider otherwise getting land from the traditional leadership.

Meanwhile the Chief says his chiefdom has been denied development due to his relation with opposition UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

He claims government has not attended to his plight to electrify his chiefdom or indeed any development because of his relation with Mr. Mwamba.

The traditional leader complained that people of his area are also Zambians that need development like seen in other parts of the country.

He further claims his arrest and detention last year was at the instruction of President Lungu as the Head of State is the only one that has powers to can command Police to arrest any traditional leader.

The UPND Vice President visited the traditional leader and was accompanied by Secretary General Mr. Patrick Mucheleka among others.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Mwamba attended Mass at Kasama Cathedral Catholic Church before proceeding to join congregants at Radiant International Church.

At both Church gatherings, Dr. Mwamba called for peace and unity among members if the community and the nation in general.

He said the country needs peace for it to develop.

By Arthur Sikopo


7 Responses to North Chiefs upset with President Lungu

  1. Don’ t worry ba Chief Munkonge, your concerns are 100% correct but what you should know is that, there is something more to this than what you might tend to consider. The magnitude of the whole issue is that, there is something that Edgar Chagwa Lungu wants to hide about himself. By the way, here in Zambia, which village, chiefdom, District or province can Edgar Lungu claim to be his place of origin ? That man there is 100% probability that he is not a Zambian and these are the same cardinal issues which you the Zambian Chiefs should begin to deliberate concerning Edgar Chagwa Lungu because it’ s very apparent that we may be ruled by a foreigner who hails from outside the country. The weak laws of Zambia including the constitution is what has caused all this. So try to be investigative and the plain truth shall be known because we are tired of the mess he intend to cause.

    Silas Simpito
    March 12, 2018 at 6:34 am

  2. Why should Zambians be ashamed of saying that they belong to this or that tribe?There is no shame in that in my view. I am proud of my origin from Chief Liteta in Chibombo district.

    March 12, 2018 at 8:05 am

  3. Plz ECL z a Zambian u shud b telling da pipo da truth jst bcoz z a president learn 2 say da truth

    March 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

  4. Ba UPND find better ways to gain popularity than this shit sick reporting, you are thousand miles away from PF and you are simply wasting your little time out of this losing tact.

    March 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm

  5. The tribe thing on identities of natives was a divide and rule tactic by the colonialist and some of you natives are proud of it. Tell me how you benefit from having the name of your Chief on your NRC?

    March 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm

  6. Its simplistic to argue that our identies by chief and tribe came about because of colonial administration. Tribes and chiefs predate colonial rule. Of course in certain cases colonial rulers abolished some chieftencies and also created others. As for tribes, colonial rulers never abolished any and never created any. Why the information on NRC has been there under unip, mmd and pf of sata. Now under pf of ecl, that same information has become a crime. The mistake is not the NRC information, it is the pf leadership who thought by using tribal division, they can win elections and hold on to power, as eastern, luapula, northern, muchinga with their extended urban ethnic groups would see to that. Meanwhile scandalise others, like the tonga, who remain a threat to the pf hold on power. As things turn out, tribal division as a weapon to holding power is not sustainable.

    March 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm

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