The Bemba Royal Establishment (BRE) has praised President Edgar Lungu for recognizing Henry Kanyanta Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.
The paramount chief’s advisor Musonda Mwamba appealed to the Government to consider respecting the lineage of tradition, if they were to maintain peace and stability in the country.
Mr Mwamba said all the chiefdoms in Zambia should be respected and that traditional challenges should be left to the owners who know their traditional procedure.
He said the step taken by President Lungu to recognise the Mwine Lubemba was a sign that he would unite the nation, saying Zambia was currently divided because of the continued allegations of tribalism.
Mr Mwamba advised the Government not to interfere with traditional matters, adding that the Government was not privy to the order of succession.
He said Paramount Chief Chitimukulu went through many challenges which he said was not fair, saying it was a blessing that the new President had fulfilled his campaign promise of recognizing him.
“The establishment would like to congratulate President Edgar Lungu on his election to the country’s highest office and as a result he was able to recognize the Chitimukulu, after what he has gone through for a long time,” he said.
During his campaign tour of Northern Province last month, President Lungu assured the Bemba Royal Establishment (BRE) that he would promptly recognise the Mwine Lubemba once elected into office.
President Lungu signed the Recognition Order under section 3 of the Chiefs Act, Chapter 287 of the Laws of Zambia.
The statutory instrument recognising Paramount Chief Chitimukulu will be published in the Government Gazette.
Mr Mwamba said Bashilubemba and the entire Bembaland were happy that the Government had finally recognised the paramount chief.
“My appeal to the Government is that they should not interfere with the traditional affairs and not just of the Bembas, but all the chiefs countrywide because the chiefdoms have their own way of succession, and therefore the decision made by the chiefs’ advisors cannot not be overridden by anyone against their authority,” he said.
He said any Government should respect the chiefs’ succession ladder to avoid unnecessary wrangles with chiefs which were a danger to democracy.
“As Bashilubemba, we are hopeful that President Lungu will do his best to unite the country in view of the differences prevailing among the people of Zambia,” he said.