Bemba Royal Establishment (BRE) has maintained that Henry Sosala Kanyanta is Senior Chief Mwamba.
Speaking after meeting with President Michael Sata appointed emissary Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba in Mungwi District yesterday, Chairperson of the traditional councillors Chief Chimba said that though the establishment stood by its earlier recommendations, it was willing to meet the President after he was debriefed by his emissary
And speaking to journalists after the meeting , Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba refused to say what resolutions were made with the bashi Lubemba (traditional councillors).
“All I can say is that the meeting went well. We charted the way forward and talked about many issues including the chieftainship of senior Chief Mwamba which will be resolved by the Head of State at an appropriate time,” he said.
Earlier, President Michael Sata assigned two (2) Cabinet Ministers to engage the Bemba Royal Establishment (BRE ) in dialogue on issues of chieftainship and other traditional matters in Bemba-land.
Those assigned are Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and his counterpart at Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Professor Nkandu Luo.
And Mr. Mwamba, also known as GBM, arrived in Kasama yesterday morning aboard a ZAF plane and was met on arrival by Professor Luo and other government officials at Kasama Airport.
The duo , who are members of the royal family, later proceeded to Mungwi District where they met the Bemba Traditional Council known as the Bashilubemba at Paramount Chief Chitmukulu’s palace in Malole.
The consultative meeting was to focus mainly on Government’s recent decision to revoke the recognition of Henry Sosala as Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba speaking of Kasama.
Northern Province Minister Obius Chisala and other government officials also attended the consultative meeting between Government and the Bemba Royal Establishment.
Last week, President Sata revoked the recognition of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba speaking people of Kasama.
Mr. Sosala has since accepted Government’s decision to de-gazette him and has offered a public apology to President Sata and the people of Zambia over his utterances.