HONE SIAME, Lusaka
PARAMOUNT Chief Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga ll of the Bemba people says he was shocked that expelled Patriotic Front (PF) Roan member of Parliament (MP) Chishimba Kambwili wanted to attend this year’s Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony after losing his ministerial position.
The Mwine Lubemba said Mr Kambwili has never attended the Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony despite being one of the renowned Bembas.
He also said he cannot remember Mr Kambwili making any contribution towards the preparations of the traditional ceremony even when the ceremony committee was based on the Copperbelt and Lusaka.
“I got surprised to hear that Mr Kambwili wanted to attend the ceremony without being invited by the organising committee,” said Paramount Chief Chitimukulu on a local radio station.
He said he could not allow him to attend to avoid a repeat of the confusion that characterised traditional ceremonies in Mongu and Chongwe.
On August 12 this year, Paramount Chief Chitimukulu barred Mr Kambwili from attending this year’s Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony in Ng’wena village in Mungwi district, in Northern Province, for his alleged divisive tribal sentiments.
The former minister of Information and Broadcasting Services was barred alongside former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge.
Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga and Northern Province commissioner of police Richard Mweene said Government had no hand in the barring of Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge.
“It is not true that Government stopped Honourable Kambwili and Mr Musenge from attending the ceremony. It is the Mwine Lubemba who could not allow him,” she said.
Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge arrived in Kasama on the eve of Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony, but were not allowed to attend one of Zambia’s biggest ceremonies.
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