GOVERNMENT has warned that it will not take kindly to the parallel Ngabwe Royal Establishment (NRE) which it says has continued to brew confusion in the area.
Central Province Minister Davies Chisopa has since appealed to the Agrippa Kalilange-led establishment to stop bringing President Lungu’s name into disrepute or face the law.
Mr Chisopa said the parallel group has been challenging President Edgar Lungu’s decision to gazette Ignitious Kashoka as Chief Ngabwe.
He said President Lungu was not the one who installed Mr. Kashoka as the traditional leader for the Lenje-Lamba speaking people of Ngabwe district.
Mr. Chisopa said government had tolerated the parallel establishment for a long time and warned that if it continued issuing disparaging remarks and questioning the Head of State’s decision to recognise Mr. Kashoka as chief Ngabwe, the group will be sorted out.
He said Mr. Kashoka was not chosen by President Lungu but the people in the area who saw it fit for him to ascend to the throne, adding that the President’s only duty was to gazette chiefs after they had been chosen by the people.
“Government does not interfere in chiefs’ affairs and so, we find this behaviour by the so-called establishment to be unfortunate. Where do they even get the power to question the Head of State’s decision to gazette the chief when the President has the power to do so?
And Mr. Chisopa dismissed assertions by vice chairman of the establishment Dennis Mubanga that First Lady Esther Lungu was distributing campaign materials in Ngabwe during her tour of the area.
“I don’t know that man called Mubanga. I went there (Ngabwe) but I didn’t find him because he doesn’t even stay there. So how did he know that the First Lady was distributing campaign materials in the area?” he said.
He called on Zambians to appreciate what the First Lady was doing for the less-privileged in society by desisting from associating her work to politics because her job had nothing to do with politics.
He said Ms Lungu was only doing her charity work as she had a heart for all Zambians regardless of where they came from.
Mr. Kalilange and Mr Mubanga could not be immediately reached for comments.