On behalf of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) and on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate the Lubemba Council and the people of Lubemba on the successful selection of the new Chitimukulu of the Bemba people.
This singular act has demonstrated the Bemba royal establishment’s capacity to handle all matters of traditional protocol. An exercise they have done with ease for over 400 years. It is in this regard that we wish to advise the PF government to lay their hands off the succession process of all royal establishments.
We wish to condemn in the strongest sense the un healthy interference of the PF Party and government in the running of royal establishments. The forceful degazetting of Chief Mwamba, who today sits on the throne as Chitimukulu is most unfortunate. The forceful removal of Chief Nkula in Chinsali is also unacceptable.
We are however delighted that the Lubemba Council has prevailed and chosen for themselves the Paramount Chief. Congratulations.
Nevers Sekwila Mumba
MMD PARTY PRESIDENT
6th August, 2013