The Patriotic Front in Mpongwe district has expressed concern over threats made on state witnesses by of the Bulima speaking people.
This is in a matter involving UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who were jointly charged with unlawful assembly and seditious practices.
Mpongwe district PF information and publicity secretary Dickson Munemesha has accused the traditional leader of intimidating and threatening state witnesses against testifying against Mr Hichilema and his vice president held a meeting in Mpongwe last month.
In a statement made available to ZANIS, Mr Munemesha said chiefs have a duty to desist from partisan politics in order to spearhead development in their respective chiefdoms.
He further stated that traditional leaders have no authority to interfere with operations of the courts of law and its enforcement agents.
He disclosed that Chiefteness Lesa has continued to agitate the political situation in the area which has resulted in tension between the opposition and the ruling party officials.
Mr Munemesha has hence urged the traditional leader to step down from her throne to join active politics.
But when reached for a comment, the palace chairperson David Muwaya refuted allegations made by the PF and added that the chiefdom was enjoying a good relationship with the leadership in the district.