Northern Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba Mwamba has advised Mr. Mucheleka to stop purporting to be senior chief Nkula but instead leave the palace and allow for a smooth ascension to the throne by the recognised chief.
This followed reports that the Bemba royal establishment in Chinsali district had not welcomed government’s decision to elevate Chief Chikwanda of Mpika district to the Senior Chief Nkula throne.
‘President Sata is very much aware of the decision we made as the Shilubemba royal establishment on this matter. Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and his team of advisors made the wisest decision on the matter but now government wants to bring confusion because the incumbent has been on the throne for three months now,chairman of the Ichinga traditional council, Bwembya Tabwe said.
However Northern Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said President Michael Sata’s decision to recognise chief Chikwanda as new senior chief Nkula of the Bemba speaking people in Chinsali district is in line with the Bemba traditions and customs.
This is contained in a letter dated December 21, 2011 and signed by Emmanuel Mwamba addressed to Maxwell Mucheleka, who is claiming the chieftainship of senior chief Nkula.
Mr. Mwamba explained in the letter that according to the Bemba traditions and customs, when a leadership vacuum for senior chief Nkula arises, chief Chikwanda of Mpika district automatically ascends to the throne.
He observed that the President’s recognition of chief Chikwanda was aimed at restoring traditional customs and norms in the manner the hierarchy to the throne of senior chief Nkula is supposed to be followed.
The Permanent Secretary said it was better for the claimant to voluntarily vacate the palace in order to avoid creating unnecessary succession wrangles in senior chief Nkula’s chiefdom.
Mr. Mwamba further appealed to the traditional leaders and other stakeholders in Chinsali district to accept government’s decision to recognise chief Chikwanda as the new senior chief Nkula.
On 13th December this year, President Sata recognised chief Chikwanda, whose names are James Charles Ng’andu, as senior chief Nkula in conformity with the Laws of Zambia.
However, some members of the Bemba Royal Establishment in Chinsali recently opposed government’s decision to recognise chief Chikwanda as senior chief Nkula claiming that someone else has already been chosen to take up the Nkula throne.