More chiefs in Southern province have distanced themselves from the Royal Foundation of Zambia Southern province chapter’s declaration of support for President Rupiah Banda’s candidature in this year’s general election.
In an interview with the Watchdog Monday, chief Haamusonde of Monze West said it is misleading for chief Mukuni to announce a binding declaration without support from other traditional leaders.
“As chiefs we didn’t agree or endorse President Rupiah Banda for presidency in that meeting which was held in Mazabuka, I can’t remember endorsing him for this year’s election. It is wrong for chief Mukuni and Mwanachingwala to suggest their personal opinion to the entire traditional leadership, that is why some chiefs are saying the institution of traditional leaders lacks credibility,” said Chief Haamusonde.
He said there were so many issues which traditional leaders raised regarding President Banda’s leadership which up to now had not yet been responded to.
“I personally felt betrayed with that declaration by the Royal Foundation of Zambia Southern Chapter because it was not there, we did not make that declaration at anytime and I am not going to be part of
that, there were benchmarks we had given President Banda and his government to address before we can move forward,” he said.
And sources close to the RFZ Southern province Chapter have disclosed that several chiefs are not happy about the conduct of Chief Mukuni and Mwanachingwala whom they have accused of bulldozing the whole process without taking into consideration other people’s views.
The source said chiefs Chikanta, Maacha and Hanjalika have openly told off Mukuni that it’s not the duty of traditional leaders to stop the demand for change of leadership and government people of Zambia were craving now.
“Chiefs Maacha, Chikanta and Hanjalika went and told off Mukuni and Mwanachingwala to stop misleading President Banda over the endorsement and the fake declaration because they did not have any little authority over their subject with regard to who they must vote for.
And in-fact chief Nalubamba told President Banda that people on the ground want change of government and the entire leadership, but was told to shut up and support the government of the day,” said the source.
The source revealed that more chiefs sooner than later will distance themselves from the declaration because they were not happy in the manner it was done as it lacks credibility, transparency, support and honour.
Chief Macha has already distanced himself from the declaration saying chiefs when it comes to political matters, chiefs cant tell their subjects what to do.