CHIEF Chiengele of the Mbunda people in Western province is still waiting for his benefits from the State, after the High court ruled in his favour, says Mbunda Royal Establishment (MRE) spokesperson Kennedy Liale.
He said although the MRE had received reports that the State wanted to appeal the case in which the court had ruled in favour of Chief Chiengele, the establishment had not received any information, hence the decision to pursue the matter.
“When we heard that the State will appeal the High Court ruling, we waited for a while, now that there is nothing which is happening, we will go ahead and demand for those benefits immediately,” he said.
This follows the High Court judgment which ruled that Mr Josiah Mubukwanu Litia Nyumbu should be allowed to exercise his authority as Chief Chiengele of the Mbunda speaking people. The court also ruled that he should be accorded the usual honour, dignity and benefits accruing a chief.
Mr Nyumbu was reinstated as Chief Chiengele by the court after the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) dethroned him for alleged insubordination.
Lawyers representing chief Chiengele in February wrote the office of the Attorney General demanding that the Ministry of Chief and Traditional Affairs must pay their client all the benefits promptly.
According to a letter written to the office of the Attorney General, Chief Chiengele’s lawyer Milner Katolo of Milner Katolo and Associates said Chief Chiengele was demanding a moderate fee of K175, 000 for which he expected prompt settlement.