President Michael Sata has sent secret service police officers to arrest Paramount Chief Chitmukulu for impersonation.
And the Watchdog has been informed that the Bemba Traditional Council has since indefinitely postponed the coronation of the paramount chief following the aggression from State House.
The Bemba Tradition Council set November 15, 2013 as the date for the coronation of Henry Sosala as paramount the Chitimukulu.
But Sata does not recognise Henry Sosala as paramount chief Chitimukulu or even as a junior chief as he degazzeted him as chief Mwamba.
The Bemba Tradition Council said they did not need the endorsement of Sata and decided to go ahead to perform the preliminary rituals ahead of the coronation next Saturday.
The Bemba elders did not even invite Sata for the coronation but asked the leader of the Catholic Church in Northern Province to be the guest of honour.
“We have sent invitations to members of the royal family and a free pass to all subjects wishing to attend. Government has also been invited It’s up to them to decide whether they will join us or not. It is like a wedding invitation. One can choose to either attend or stay away.”
Last week Sata sent an agent to go and tell the Bemba Traditional Council not to install Henry Sosala as paramount chief Chitimukulu.
Patriotic Front Northern Province chairman Everest Chela revealed that he had been engaged by Sata to go and tell the traditional council not to install their paramount chief.
But the Traditional Council seemed unperturbed prompting Sata to send the police to arrest the Chitmukulu for impersonation.
The police officers arrived in Kasama today.
President Michael Sata is scheduled to go and campaign in Mansa next Saturday, a visit that would have coincided with the coronation of Chitmukulu.
Sata and his Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo are working on a scheme to impose a fellow Bisa as Chitimukulu. This is part of Sata’s Muchinga project.
‘The two want to impose Bob Luo, Nkandu Luo’s brother who is currently chief Chibesakunda of the Bisa people. It should be remembered that Nkandu Luo’ mother is the elder sister to embattled chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda.