The PF’s recent attacks on Paramount Chief Mpezeni and his Ngoni people has continued to receive condemnation, with Senior Chief Bright Nalubamba asking for President Edgar Lungu to apologise to chief Mpezeni.
Over the weekend, Eastern province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo threatened Mpezeni using the controversial Public order Act while police teargassed other Ngoni traditionalists and followers who gathered for the Mpezeni’s meeting in Chipangali.
Chief Nalubamba said the harassment of Mpezeni was clear indication that there was something wrong in the PF government because Mpezeni was the only chief who openly campaigned for PF in 2011 and in 2015 elections. House of chiefs chairperson Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo has also castigated government for the embarrassment on the Ngoni Paramount chief.
Chief Nalubamba has demanded for an apology but it is unlikely that Lungu who has been taken hostage by former President Rupiah Banda will apologise because it is Rupiah who wants Mpezeni punished for supporting late President Michael Sata in 2011.
Other Ngoni chiefs are also upset with Mpezeni’s harassment his own chiefdom and will soon be organising a meeting to discuss the matter.