Senior Chief Kopa of the Bisa people has dismissed as malicious and a total fabrication a Post Newspaper story in Saturday’s edition in which he was quoted as endorsing Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata’s candidature.
The traditional leader has since demanded an apology from the daily tabloid.
Senior Chief Kopa says contrary to the Post Newspaper story, he and the entire Chiefdom are solidly behind the leadership of President Rupiah Banda.
He told ZNBC News at his palace that the Kopa chiefdom is morally bound to support President Banda because he has done his best to develop Mpika District and the entire country.
The chief says the Newspaper article was intended to frustrate government’s efforts of concluding the various projects while fanning hostility between President Banda and the people of Kopa chiefdom.
Senior Chief Kopa says he is deeply disturbed that the visit by three senior PF officials at his palace has been cast in bad light through a false story linking him to the PF and Mr Sata.
And Senior Chief Kopa has advised politicians visiting chiefdoms ahead of the September 20, tripartite elections to do so without ill or hidden motives bordering on selfish political opportunism.
According a Saturday’s Post Newspaper article, Senior Chief Kopa is reported to have said the country needs a change of government so that people can experience Mr Sata’s leadership.
The traditional leader was alleged to have issued the remarks when senior PF members Mbita Chitala, Panji Kaunda and Bob Sichinga called on him at his Palace on Thursday.