WE are in mourning and no traditional ceremony shall be held as long as Hakainde Hichilema remains incarcerated, says senior chief Monze.
And chief Mukuni says traditional leaders in other provinces should not invite Southern Province chiefs to any of their ceremonies as long as the UPND leader remains incarcerated by the PF government.
Meanwhile, chief Mukuni has appealed to traditional leaders to urge President Edgar Lungu to reopen The Post and free Obvious Mwaliteta.
In a communiqué made available to The Mast released through chief Mukuni, senior chief Monze said Hichilema, just like any Zambian, would be protected by the traditional leaders as long as it was clear that he was being persecuted on political grounds.
Hichilema is our subject and we will not dance, drink and rub shoulders with government officials who are bent on punishing him based on political grounds. We are in mourning so to this end, we have resolved that the traditional ceremonies due in June and July, namely Lwiindi Gonde in Monze and Bene Mukuni ceremonies will not be held this year,chief Monze said.
And Mukuni of Kazungula and Livingstone urged all traditional leaders in Zambia to cancel their ceremonies until Hichilema is released.
He said it does not make sense for a parent to party while his or her son was in prison.
“We further appeal to all chiefs that they should not invite us to any of their ceremonies as we will not attend,” said Mukuni. “We further appeal to our colleagues [chiefs] in other areas to urge President Edgar Lungu not to have a wicked heart but seek God’s grace and release HH, his co-accused, Obvious Mwaliteta and also free the media by opening The Post.”