Chiefs in Southern province are preparing to meet over alleged maneuvers by President Rupiah Banda to make chief Mukuni the paramount chief of Tongas, the Watchdog has been informed.
And Radio Phoenix reports that Chief Mwanachingwala of Mazabuka in southern province has vowed that chief Mukuni will never be paramount chief.
Mwanachingwala has accused president Banda of conniving with Chief Mukuni to divide the people of southern province.
Mwanachingwala was quoted as saying that Mukuni is not an indigenous person of southern province. He said even his being chief is questionable as he just married the chieftains of that area hence the title of chief.
Mwanachingwala said that the recent lwiindi ceremony of the toka-leya which was graced by president Mugabe of Zimbabwe was embarrassing and not in order.
Mwanachiongwala said that by conniving with Mukuni to divide the people of southern province, president Banda was betraying chiefs who supported his candidature.
Chief Mwanachingwala is one of the chiefs in southern province who openly supported president Banda in the last presidential election.
According to information received, chiefs are planning to meet at chief Moonze’s palace in Monze district to respond to Chief Mukuni’s application to be made paramount chief.
Mukuni is said to have applied to the president through the ministry of local government to be recognized as the paramount chief.
A few months ago, chief Mukuni crowned president Banda’ s wife Thandiwe princess Mukamaambo of the Toka-leya people.