President Michael Sata has sent a message of condolences to the Bemba Royal Establishment following the death of His Royal Highness, Mwine Lubemba, Paramount Chief Chitumukulu XXXV11 (37th) of the Bemba people. This is according to a media release from State House made available to the media this afternoon.
President Sata said it was with great sadness that he learnt of the death of Mwine Lubemba, Paramount Chief Chitimukulu Chilufya Mwango Chitapankwa III, who died at Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
The President described the late Chitimukulu as a true statesman who served his people and the country with distinction.
“I have no doubt in my mind that, this loss will be deeply felt not only by the Bemba Royal Establishment at Mungwi but by multitudes of Zambians both within the country and abroad,” President Sata said.
“On behalf of the people and the Government of Zambia, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Bemba Royal Establishment for this deep loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants the royal family and the establishment fortitude and strength during this sad time.”
President Sata appealed to the Bemba Royal Establishment to promote peace and ensure harmony during the long year period of mourning.
The late Mr. Ackson Chilufya Mwamba ascended to the throne in 2007 and was officially recognised as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu on 7th May 2007 through Statutory Instrument No. 36 of 2007.
He became officially known as Chitimukulu Chilufya Mwango Chitapankwa III. Before he became Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, he served as Chief Mpepo of Mpika district.