BRE denies GBM visit

 

THE Bemba Royal Establishment (BRE) has refuted reports that Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people yesterday sent his representatives to Lusaka to visit UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba at Lusaka Central police where he is detained for threatening violence against President Edgar Lungu.

The BRE has also said it was traditionally not correct for Paramount Chief Chitimukulu to have delegated chief Munkonge to find out from the State why Mr Mwamba had been arrested and detained.

Washinga Mpika Sha Lubemba, the BRE spokesperson said in an interview that it was not true that the Bashilubemba had sent Chief Munkonge to Lusaka to visit Mr Mwamba who is currently detained at Central Police.

Washanga Mpika Sha Lubemba said it was against the BRE traditional protocol for the Chitimukulu to send Chief Munkonge on errands such as visiting Mr Mwamba who was in detention for political reasons.

He said Chief Munkonge did not have the authority of the Chitimukulu and that as a spokesperson, he (Washanga Mpika Sha  Lubemba) had not been informed that the Mwinelubemba had sent a delegation to Lusaka to find out the reasons for the arrest and detention of Mr Mwamba.

He said he had not been told by the Chitimukulu about Chief Munkonge having been tasked to travel to Lusaka to find out why Mr Mwamba had been arrested and detained.

Washanga Mpika Sha Lubemba said Chief Munkonge had visited Mr Mwamba in detention not because he had been sent by the Chitimukulu but because the UPND vice-president was a relative.

“I do not know anything about Chief Munkonge having been sent by Paramount Chief Chitimukulu to travel to Lusaka to visit Mr Mwamba who is currently in detention. As spokesperson of the BRE, I have not been told by the Mwinelubemba that Chief Munkonge had been sent to visit Mr Mwamba.

‘‘I believe they came on their own and they are not representing the BRE. GBM is their relative, their son, and they could only have visited him as family members and not being sent by the Chitimukukulu,” the royal spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Chief Mukuni of the Toka-Leya people of Kazungula has advised Mr Mwamba against being vengeful towards his political opponents should the UPND form government after the August 11 general elections.

Chief Mukuni said there was need for politicians to change the way they were engaging in politics by being tolerant with one another through love and avoid having grudges.

“We are from visiting GBM and we have told him not to habour grudges against fellow politicians – those in Government and those in the opposition; and we have told him that should they (UPND) form government this year, they should not be vengeful.

“We also told him that we will be the first people who will visit those people they will lock up if they form government and decide to incarcerate their opponents. We want them (politicians) to change this culture of fixing one another because it is unnecessary,” Chief Mukuni said.

And Chief Munkonge said he had been sent by Paramount chief Chitimukulu and the Bemba Royal Establishment to ascertain if it was true that Mr. Mwamba was in custody and get full information as to what could have led to his arrest.

“I came to see my son GBM. I was sent by Paramount Chitimukulu and the Bemba Royal Establishment to ascertain that he is arrested and now that I have seen it for myself that he is in the cells, I will brief the royal establishment and it will be up to them to make a position over the issue. I wouldn’t say much in my individual capacity,’’ Chief Munkonge said.

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