President Michael Sata has declared that Henry Kanyanta Sosala should not masquerade as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people because “I have not recognized him.”
“I degazeted Sosala as Chief Mwamba in 2013 and he cannot therefore be crowned as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.” President Sata charged when he called the Daily Nation yesterday.
President Sata said it was wrong for the newspaper to continue referring to Sosala as Chitimukulu when he was not recognized by way of a gazette notice authorized by the President.
“Having worked here, you should know better that a chief must be recognized by the President in accordance with the law and unless this happens he cannot claim to be Chief.” President Sata said.
The President who was referring to the Chiefs Act explained that the legal position with regard to Chieftainship was governed by the law and that however contentious, the law must at all times prevail.
“I expect that you will correct this tomorrow.” he said.
The Mwine Lubemba has however cited the law and tradition to stand by their decision to crown Sosala as Chitimukulu. When asked to comment on President Sata’s statement, the Mwine Lubemba confirmed that the Head of State had indeed degazeted Henry Kanyanta Sosala as Chief Mwamba, but that his (President Sata) action did not preclude him from being crowned Paramount Chief Chitimukulu in accordance with the African tradition.
Referring to Section3 (2)(a) of the Chiefs Act, the Bashilubemba explained that the President was duty bound to recognize an incumbent because he was duly appointed by traditional process.
“It is not for the President to appoint a chief but for him to offer recognition once the necessary customary process has been followed.” Bashilubemba said.
As a result, the Bashilubemba said the Bemba establishment was resolved to have Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and that President Sata had no right to refuse to recognize the Paramount Chief.
The Bashilubemba said they would stand by their decision to recognize Sosala and uphold his appointment as Chitimukulu.
In a treatise published by the Nation yesterday Sosala protested that President Sata harboured intense hatred against him.
But Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) leader Frank Bwalya has charged that President Sata has exhibited extreme hatred and lack of feelings over the impasse surrounding the installation of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people, says Frank Bwalya.
Fr Bwalya has said Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, was being pursued like a terrorist for refusing to step into the baptismal pour of President Sata’s waters of hatred.
In a statement yesterday Mr Bwalya observed that the President had showed lack of feelings and humanity in the manner he had abused his presidential powers to block the installation of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the new Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.
“The unilateral action of Mr Sata has caused a lot of pain and suffering on the part of Sosala and President Sata seems to be enjoying seeing the Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and his subjects suffer. Only a ‘devil’ would enjoy seeing other people suffer in this manner,” Bwalya stated.
He stated that it had become evident that President Sata had anointed himself as the high priest of hatred and sadism who is not moved by the suffering of other people.
He stated that the president had shown that he is deaf to cries for help.
“What is worrying is that he has been baptizing his ministers and many around him in the waters of hatred for Sosala. This explains why ministers who are supposed to oppose the illegal conduct of Mr Sata have instead been shamelessly supporting his bad conduct,” he stated.
He accused president Sata of treating GBM like a terrorist.
“One person who has refused to step into the baptismal pool of Sata’s waters of hatred is PF Kasama Central member of parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. For his refusal, GBM is now being pursued like a terrorist,” Mr Bwalya stated.