Parliament yesterday heard that government spent a colossal K500 000 on 219 police officers who were deployed at the Palace of the newly enthroned Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people in an attempt to block the Bashilubemba from installing their Bemba ruler.
Government sent a 219 battalion of police officers to Mungwi district in Northen Province after the Bashilubemba announced the installation of Henry Kanyanta Sasala as the Paramount Chief Chitmukulu of the Bemba people.
President Michael Sata has refused to recognize Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the Paramount Chief Chitimukulu after degazetting him as senior Chief Mwamba and there has been tension between the Bemba Royal Establishment and government.
Home Affairs deputy Minister Steven Kampyongo yesterday told Parliament that of the K499 207 spent on police operation in Mungwi district in Northern Province, K235 852 was spent on the allowances and upkeep of the police officers.
Responding to questions from Lubansenshi Independent Member of Parliament Patrick Mucheleka who wanted to find out how many police officers were deployed at Paramount Chief Chitimukulu’s Palace between October 2013 and January 2014, Mr Kampyongo said about 219 police officers had been stationed in Mungwi district.
And Chadiza MMD Member of Parliament Allan Mbewe said the PF government was interfering with the selection and installation of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu but Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula said it was not the mandate of his ministry to superintend over the traditional affairs of the country. Sinda MP Levy Ngoma said it was disappointing that colossal sums of money was being spent on a scheme by government to block the installation of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and the Minister of Home Affairs did not know why he had deployed the police at the Chitimukulu Palace.
Namwala UPND MP Lubezhi Moono wondered why President Sata was resisting recognizing Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the new Paramount Chief Chitimukulu when the Bemba Royal Establishment with its council had elected the former Senior Chief Mwamba as their supreme ruler.