Paramount Chief Mpezeni has summoned Works, Supply Transport and Communications deputy Minister Panji Kaunda for having impounded his vehicle at a check point in Chipata and deflating all its tyres.
The Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people of Chipata has said as a traditional leader and citizen, he would never encourage lawlessness because hestrongly believed in the rule of law and not that of man.
Mpezeni’s chief Induna George Zulu told the Sunday Nation that the Paramount chief did not break the law and that at the time the incident happened, he was out of the country.
Zulu said for the sake of maintaining the friendship he had enjoyed with Colonel Kaunda over the years and his strong support for President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front, he had called the deputy minister to Mtenguleni so that the matter could be resolved amicably.
Zulu who is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Paramount Chief Mpezeni was of the view that Col Kaunda was wrong to have impounded his vehicle and deflate its tryes because that was tantamount to instant justice and taking the law into one’s own hands.
He said from the time the incident happened, Mpezeni had wanted to meet with Col Panji so that the driver who was driving the car at the material time could be identified so that the law could take its course.
Zulu said Paramount Chief Mpezeni did not condone law breakers and has maintained that those who break the law must always face its wrath without any form of prejudice.
“When the incident happened, the Paramount Chief Mpezeni was out of the country. And from the time he came back, he had wanted to meet with Col Kaunda to discuss the matter to maintain the friendship that has existed between the two for many years. The Paramount Chief has invited Col Panji at the Palace to sort out the misunderstanding and identify which driver broke the law. The Paramount Chief believes that Panji was wrong to impound the vehicle and deflate its tyres because that amounted to instant justice.
He feels the law should have taken its full course and not meting instant justice on the road,” Zulu said.
Zulu said he had talked to Col Kaunda about Mpezeni’s desire to have him travel to Chipata and meet the chief and the deputy Minister has agreed to meet and discuss the matter.
“The chief says his loyalty to the PF government is unshackled and that no one will be able to shake it.
The matter of his car being impounded is between the chief and Col Panji who is willing to meet and resolve the matter,” Zulu said.