Friday, May 10, 2013

Sata dethrone Sosala as Chief Mwamba

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has with immediate effect withdrawn the recognition of Henry Sosala as Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba people in Kasama following confusion surrounding his installation.
Mr Sata has since written to Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkandu Luo to send the Statutory Instrument warning to the House of Chiefs to stop paying Mr Sosala subsistence allowances.
According to the letter which was copied to the Times in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Sata using powers vested in him issued the order which was the Chiefs Withdrawal of Recognition Order of 2013.
Details were that Henry Kanyanta Sosala of Ituna area ceased to be Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba people of Kasama District in Northern Province.
On Wednesday, the President had ordered a stop to reference of Mr Sosala as the Senior Chief noting with displeasure the manner in which he had continued to carry the title of Senior Chief Mwamba.
He said it was not the intention of the Government to interfere in chief’s succession processes but would equally not stand idle and watch “deliberately” created confusion take root in the management of chiefs and traditional affairs.
“On his own admission, the said gentleman, Henry Sosala has confessed publicly in the media (refer to the Post newspaper edition No. 6039) where he said, “…he has not undergone the traditional initiation rituals as required by the Bemba tradition,” with the above confession, how then can Mr Sosala continue carrying the title of Senior Chief Mwamba?
“By copy of this letter I am demanding that the media immediately cease quoting or admitting any material for publication from the said gentleman, under the title of Senior Chief Mwamba until this confusion is sorted out,” Mr Sata had said. Times of Zambia

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