Government must promptly compensate Chief Chiengele of the Mbunda people in Mongu following of his dethronement the successful challenge in the courts of law, his lawyers have said.
The lawyers have since written to the office of the Attorney General demanding that the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs pay their client all his benefits promptly.
Chief Chiengele’s lawyer Milner Katolo of Milner Katolo and Associates said he was at liberty to advice that the costs were placed at a moderate fee of K175, 000 for which he expected prompt settlement.
“The Judge has directed that our client should be accorded all the honour and benefits accruing to him,” the letter read in part.
This follows the High Court judgment which ruled that Mr Josiah Litia Nyumbu should be allowed to exercise his authority as Chief Chiengele of the Mbunda speaking people and that he should be accorded the usual honour, dignity and benefits accruing to a chief.
The courts of law reinstated Mr Nyumbu as Chief Chiengele after an attempted dethronement by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) for alleged insubordination.
However, Mbunda spokesperson Kennedy Mubanga said it was gratifying to have their traditional leader chief Chiengele restored on the throne. Mr Mubanga thanked sympathisers who contributed to this legal battle in various ways.
He said the victory had restored the dignity, integrity and hope of all the Mbundas as a distinct ethnic group in Zambia in the face of continued and sustained efforts of the enemy to wipe out the Mbunda identity.
Meanwhile, the Nkoya’s Kazanga and Cultural Association chairperson Lytone Kaushiku said the reinstatement of Chief Chiengele showed that there was justice in the courts of law.
Mr Kaushiku said Chiefs had to ensure there was development in their chiefdoms.