CHIEF Hamusonde, the traditional leader who has continued attacking President Edgar Lungu over alleged tribal remarks by Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama, is a true disciple of United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema, Paul Moonga and Kelvin Mayondi have charged.
Mr Moonga and Mr Mayondi, who are PF mobilization chairman and secretary respectively, have accused Chief Hamusonde of using Mr Chama’s tribal remarks against the people of Southern Province to perpetrate his hatred against President Edgar Lungu and the PF Government.
Addressing journalists at the PF secretariat yesterday, Mr Moonga and Mr Mayondi respectively said it had become clear that some traditional leaders in Southern Province had refused to forgive Mr Chama over his remarks and were using them to support the UPND.
The two PF officials said Chiefs Monze, Sinazongwe and Hamusonde have failed to accept that the issue of Mr Chama’s tribal remarks was addressed and that most of the chiefs in Southern Province had since forgiven the PF secretary general.
The duo stated that the views of the three chiefs did not represent the general feelings of the other traditional leaders in the region and that it was not fair to continue demonizing Mr Chama on an issue that had been resolved.
They said the three chiefs were using Mr Chama’s remarks to ‘‘play politics’’ and advised that it was against tradition for chiefs to openly exhibit partisan political affiliation.
‘‘Chiefs Monze, Sinazongwe and Hamusonde have come out to deny statements by Chief Chikankata that Mr Chama’s issue was addressed. It is well known that Chief Hamusonde is a disciple of Mr Hichilema, the leader of the UPND, and some of us who come from Southern Province know how Chief Hamusonde got to the throne,” the statement read.
Mr Moonga and Mr Mayondi said Vice-President Ingonge Wina had apologized to the people of Southern Province and to the three chiefs in particular and it was the expectation of the party that the traditional leaders could have forgiven Mr Chama.