Former Headmistress Judith Theresa Chilekwa Mpamba, will be crowned Queen Mother for the Bemba people in Kasama today.

Ms Mpamba will be succeeding her late mother Her Royal Highness, Chanda Mukulu wa Chibundu, who died last year.

Ms Mpamba will be crowned queen of the main stream Bemba Royal Establishment through a coronation ceremony which will take place at the Chanda Mukulu Royal Palace in Kasama.

In a press release to ZANIS in Lusaka today, the main function of the queen mother is to bear children that will succeed the main stream of Bemba chiefs such as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and Senior Chiefs Mpepo, Nkolemfumu and Mwamba.

The release further states that Bemba chiefs, being matrilineal,trace their decent and ascendancy to the highest thrones through the female line.

Ascendancy to the position of queen mother is also through the female line, and the tradition dates as far back as the 18th centaury when two brothers, Chiti and Nkole, were running away from the brutality of their father, then King Mukulumpe. They left Kola Country and founded a Bemba Kingdom across Kalungu river in present day Zambia.

The two fugitive brothers later rescued their sister, Chilufya Mulenga, who had been imprisoned by their father in Kola Country, saying he did not want her to bear children who would succeed them as king.

The statement says since the Bemba tradition of tracing ascendance through the female line has been strictly followed ever since and there is no doubt that the current queen mother who will be installed today will be any different, adding that she shares the same blood with the very first queen mother, Chilufya Mulenga.

The Bembas are sure that the current Paramount Chief Chitimukulu the 37th is a blood relation of the first chief chitimukulu who was the son of Mukulumpe of the Kola Country.

ZANIS

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29 COMMENTS

  1. Keep up the the tradition.I only hope those Kingdoms are not poverty stricken.

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  2. #2 Nsengo Ulichinangwa. Wechinkula wabula amano. Echo wabutukila namuchalo mumobe. You have gone to uphold other people’s traditions and customes, what is you are denying. Wechipumbu chamwana. Wabula nowakukulya.

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  3. # 2 Nafulwa sana! bushe kuti wasula intambi shamu chalo mumobe walati nokuti “it a waste of time”! kabili kuti nakulekamo ayeneye nganati kusange. Pumbafu!!!

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  4. Hello people. I find it interesting that the Bemba enthrone their queen mothers. However, will the new queen be able to able the necessary children?

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  5. #4 sorry bane. I meant to write “What is yours, you are denying” Munjeleko bane, ichi ichinangwa chamwana chaleka nalalufyana nokulufyanya.

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  6. Iwe # 6 awuti shani bwekeshapo nakabili. You are say “However, will the new queen be able to able the necessary children?” Tafileumfwika efyo walemba.

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  7. ok is o i can say bout this.. doesnt have much bearing on current important issues going on.. let her have a nice tenure

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  8. #2, Pasopo!
    Fwe ba kasuba mwalu, mwalu ntanda,
    ntanda kalungu ntukishya umwine nkuni na menshi
    sampa mushimbe inkaka ya mu lupili!
    Nifwe ba tandabubwe umunshikola nswa ati shine shi ileta!
    Nifwe bashi lukala milandu kabili bashi mwitwa pa kakala,
    twaisa fwe bana benu fwebo mwasha bu kashiwa fwe misusu
    ya nkonko twashala twakulibana!

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  9. Tuli ba bemba abenebene fwe ba shi musunta mpanga ngayalepa
    twalundako ulubilo twati tufike bwangu!
    Tuli ba kwa shula malindi ichikonko cha mputu lukunkulwaku ku bamba muka chinokwe!
    Tuli ba kwa topiwangala fwe ba shi muteya ichitembo cha mwikata inshimi!
    Nifwe ba shi muchita panono uwa pokele mwikalafye umawanakashi!
    Tuli ba kwa tampa, tampa chibengele mukupilwa fyulu mayo na munchenene!

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  10. Nifwe ba kalin’gongo mu lala kwa chenama ichibi meno uwa pitapo twa mu checheta,
    ba kabundi umu nshikulilwa ilinga!
    Tuli baume abenebene aba kubuka fye ne chintu chisontele ku kabanga
    abanakashi konse konse na ku masamba kwine baimitwa!
    Nifwe ba kabulubulu mu nshitina ilinso lya mfumu!
    Ichine chine na kande, na kabushi na ka muno mpindi napwa,
    nine mulenga mwaume aba seka ni ba mulenga mwanakashi!

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  11. #12, where are you from?
    Tuli ba bemba abenebene fwe ba shi musunta mpanga ngayalepa twalundako ulubilo twati tufike bwangu! Tuli ba kwa shula malindi ichikonko cha mputu lukunku lwaku ku bamba muka chinokwe! Tuli ba kwa topiwangala fwe ba shi muteya ichitembo cha mwikata inshimi!
    Nifwe ba shi muchita panono uwa pokele mwikalafye umawanakashi! Tuli ba kwa tampa, tampa chibengele mukupilwa fyulu mayo na munchenene!
    Nifwe ba kalin’gongo mu lala kwa chenama ichibi meno uwa pitapo twa mu checheta, ba kabundi umu nshikulilwa ilinga! Tuli baume abenebene aba kubuka fye ne chintu chisontele ku kabanga abanakashi konse konse na ku masamba kwine baimitwa!
    Nifwe ba kabulubulu mu nshitina ilinso lya mfumu! Ichine chine na kande, na kabushi na ka muno mpindi napwa.

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  12. Let help you Kachasu… Mwana Kapopo lapwa, kapopo lapwa wakalipisha walapwa abantu. Chofi malemba we chanchita fino, ala wechankanike noku nkanuna niwe uka nkanuna. Shimukokota nsono kuli iwe imiswema naba ngoshe enkolo (ama tie), wewachimfishe bamwana muchine, waleka twala naba tabwa. Twati nokuti nshiki nshiki Tanganyika, weka kote kekele apo kete Sekeyo, pantu walaleka tume mfumu tume nabaikalile, pantu pali ino nshita abasungu batupoke mfuti twashala tuleyombawilafye. Fye bashana ichila chamukule. Mukwimba atuti, Lombe Bwalya, Lombe Bwalya wibinda chila abatulangile bakalamba, ukushinguluka ichulu elyo wapamapo.

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  13. Now you Bembas should not only climb tree at State house during press conferences. Eya, eya, eya bane! Mayo Chilekwa Mpamba, we upamba nge mpambata. Impambata ishiwa ku Mubanga. umubanga wa bangwile Mulenga Chilufya. Chilufya waimite Mfumu sha Lubemba. Sefyeni ba mwana Mukulumpe, Chitimukulu mwe bena Lubemba. Uwaikata ku lubemba asendwa no mukuku. Taa mayo Chilekwa Mpamba, sanda kabili tanda, tanda abana ba Lubemba nga maleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Taaa.

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  14. Thanks for this brief history. It feels cool to know tha that lineage values have not been eroded. Suchcelebrations should be well publicised napa internet. Mwatulangako na picture yakwa Queen Mother of the Bembaland. Twilapelela mukutamba banakulu Prince Charles beka!!!! Shani abena Mulenga Kapwepwe you are good at disceminating information about the Ngonis and the Bembas…

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  15. Kadoli wansekesha we. Eya mwandi bamo abantu bafwaikwa ukubanyankula we. Teshamo lyakwa yamawakwe ili? Akalimbusha katile yamawakwe alitukile akakote.

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  16. #18 CM ala icipikichala teti cimoneke. Takwali ifikope, ifitunshitunshi nafimbi ifingi muli ilyanshita. Kulakutikafye abakalamba ngabaleshimika. Tekuba ngoyu mwana ba Nsengo uwutumine pa cabubili (#2 Ngengo). Uyumwana cinangwa nshatala momba. Aya kumangalande namano yonse awe shuwa kwati nimwisa. Ndemona ebalya balumendo tumona batampa ukwita abapongoshi ati hello mate! lol! Mukwai nabatushe umutende bonse. Natasha.

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  17. This is very good news. I am happy to know that our elders are still keen to preserve our royal Bemba Heritage and culture. That is all we have left, after loosing everything else to the hands of the colonial masters.

    Ba Kachasu, eya mukwai tata/mayo, ayo malumbo mucibemba yawama sana. Epashili pakuleka mukwai!

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  18. #22 Kalembo Kanga, I have a good collection of wonderful Bemba Praise Songs on CD. If you let me have your details, I will be glad to avail you a copy.

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  19. Nine Chale i would really appreciate getting a copy of the CD you are talking about. Judging from your flag I guess you are in Germany? I am in UK.

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  20. Great news indeed. im zambian by marriage and these are good news to me too. we wish you well your highness queen mpamba. fikky, south africa

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  21. nane chale, please teach me those traditional praise songs, mmm. find me a record deal there man. im very musical specialize in afro jazz, afro soul and afro pop, gospel too. hook me up with producers and promoters. thanx

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  22. Is it true about the bemba and the white living together? Makes sence as i am in Uk and reclaiming what our tribals have rebuilt! Ndelilako kuno ku babemba besu!

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  23. Judith Mpamba Queen mother? With due respect to the Bemba Royal Establishment, I would like to seek clarification over the position of the Ngoshe Mukote which not long ago I read in one of the dailies that it was now dormant. Traditionally Ngoshe Mukote is the only woman in the entire Bemba Land who from the time the Bemba came into Zambia up to this day is preserved for a year after she dies, and is buried at Shimwalule together with her sons Chiti, Nkula, Mwamba, Nkweto and Chimbuka. No other Chief more so a woman is buried at Shimwalule apart from those I have mentioned. This is a tradition we have observed from the time of UNIP. Before Chitimukulu Mutale Chitapankwa died during the Chiluba MMD rule, we had a case where Chimbuka was preserved for a longer period and the Mwine Lubemba…

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