SENIOR Chief Puta of the Bwile people of Chienge district in Luapula Province has refuted a story attributed to him in yesterday’s edition of The Post in which he is alleged to have asked President Lungu to get rid of most of his members of Parliament (MPs) in the region if he is to get any support.
Bwile Royal Establishment spokesperson Katele Kalumba, whose traditional name is Natende Walushiba, said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the story in The Post was allegedly inaccurate.
“The Royal Establishment on behalf of Senior Chief Puta would like to refute the story published in The Post of yesterday. The royal highness did not at any point say at a meeting he called at his palace that President Lungu should get rid of most of his MPs if he is to get support in the region.
“The senior chief said he is non-partisan and that he supports the government of the day but his statement was singularly about development in Chienge and carried the meaning that if MPs are not performing to the electorate concerns, it will be difficult for them to be re-elected if they are adopted by their political parties,” Dr Kalumba said.
He said in making this general statement, Senior Chief Puta did not say that the head of State should get rid of most of his MPs if he is to get support in the region but that the traditional leader is merely interested in seeing that development is fostered in the area.
Dr Kalumba said the statement published in The Post was, therefore, not only gravely erroneous but also injurious to the Bwile Chieftaincy and the people in the region.
He said the traditional leader will remain non-partisan and will not accept his name to be abused by politicians.
Dr Kalumba said the Bwile Royal Establishment is, therefore, behind Senior Chief Puta in ensuring that development becomes priority in the Bwile chiefdom.
He advised the media fraternity to remain factual in their reporting ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Dr Kalumba said this will help in ensuring that there is peace and unity in the country before, during and after this year’s general elections.