Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali has warned some Sub – Chiefs in the Province who were masquerading as Chiefs of possible arrest and has since advised them to desist from the practice.
Mr Chimbwali issued a warning during yesterday’s management meeting for Government departments under control 96 in the province.
This came to light as a serious observation from one of the members in the meeting who said some Sub –Chiefs in the Province were going round masquerading as Chiefs without Government approval and authentication.
The Observer explained that once the practice is not halted, it might become a vice that will bring confusion in the Province as even the authentic Chiefs will have their status threatened by masqueraders.
The Luapula Permanent Secretary stated that there were only 288 recognized Chiefs in the country and Government is not recognizing any additional Chiefs unless one comes via a court order and anyone masquerading as a Chief when they are not, were just courting trouble.
He said it is a serious offence to masquerade as a Chief when one is not.
Mr. Chimbwali implored the Department of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs in the Province to sensitize the traditional leaders in the Province on the matter.
He said impersonating was a serious offence as eventually even their self-imposed Returners will start making claims without Government support for escorting the masqueraders on errands not sanctioned by Government.