Contrary to President Michael Sata’s wishes, Bemba chiefs have decided that Senior Chief Mwamba will be installed Paramount Chief Chitimukulu immediately after the burial of late Chitimukulu Chitapankwa.
President Sata degazetted and removed recognition of Chief Mwamba last month alleging that he was improperly installed.
“As chiefs we would like to confirm that all is set for with the installation of our Paramount Chitimukulu. We are putting to rest our late Paramount Chief Chitimukulu who died last year this coming month (July) on a date to be communicated and as soon as we are through with the burial ceremony, the Bashilubemba straight form Ku Mwalule will then proceed to give the instruments of power from the late Chitimukulu to our Senior Chief Mwamba.
“At this particular ceremony no spectators would be allowed because this is a tradition that should be followed and we are not deterred by any forces because this is the right thing to do. Senior Chief Mwamba is our next Chitimukulu. Full stop,” the chiefs said.
They further said that an open installation ceremony would then be held for members of public to witness including government officials.
However, the chiefs said that they were not bothered by the impending meeting with President Michael Sata because they had no issues to discuss with him.
The chiefs said that they were not worried about issues that were raised by President Sata when he degazetted Senior Chief Mwamba because he had no basis to do so.
The chiefs however could not disclose the exact date when the late paramount Chitimukulu would be put to rest.
The decision was taken at a meeting held yesterday. They resolved that Mr Henry Sosala the current Senior Chief Mwamba to become the new Chitimukulu, in defiance of President Sata’s decision to degazette him.
The chiefs said the task would be performed by the Bashilubemba after coming from Ku Mwalule (burial site for late chiefs) and would immediately hand over the instruments of power to Senior Chief Mwamba to symbolize the takeover.
They explained that they were ready for the ceremony because Senior Chief Mwamba was capable of leading the Bemba clan.
They said since the meeting with area Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba there had never been any word from both the MP and the President for the proposed meeting.
They said that their main preoccupation now was the putting to rest the remains of the late Paramount chief and the installation of Senior Chief Mwamba as Chitimukulu for the Bemba people.