Sunday, May 19, 2024

Senior Chief Shakumbila denies being part of Chiefs calling for release of HH

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Chiefs addressing a news conference at HH's residence
Chiefs addressing a news conference at HH’s residence

Senior Chief Shakumbila of the Sala people of Lusaka and Central Provinces has distanced himself from a group of chiefs who recently issued a statement calling for the release of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Senior Chief Shakumbila has told ZNBC News in a telephone interview that he is not a partisan traditional leader but one who is development oriented.

He says he works with the government of the day and he cannot be part of chiefs who engage in politics.

Senior Chief Shakumbila says his name was erroneously added on the list of the Chiefs and he was not even aware of the press briefing as he was away in Zimbabwe at the time.

The traditional leader says he cannot involve himself in the arrest of Mr Hichilema because he has no information on the Mongu incident.

Senior Chief Shakumbila says the matter is a Police case and it should be left to the Police to handle it.

33 COMMENTS

  1. We knew, there was some fake news included in that article. This is the correct and official attitude to take. Chiefs should not engage in confrontational politics with the state.

    • THESE ARE THE REAL CHIEFS WHO SAY THE TRUTH. AS A CHIEF OBVIOUSLY YOU SHOULD BE WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY WAS PUT IN PLACE BY THE MAJORITY ZAMBIANS. IT IS VERY BLIND AND STUP1D OF ANY CHIEF TO WORK WITH SOME SELF-IMPOSED PRESIDENT AS THIS MAY SLOW DOWN DEVELOPMENT IN THAT CHIEF’S PARTICULAR CHIEFDOM. ANYWAY YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS SENIOR CHIEF SHAKUMBILA, JUST, “LET THE SLEEPING DOGS LIE”.

    • I believe the chief received a present to deny. What was the so purpose of going to ask the chief if he was against or not? Many people in Zambia even around the globe have condemned the barbaric act of attacking the opposition leader, have you gone to confirm with them. This is not news!

  2. I predicted denials. Even HH has been misled by the current trend of “manufacturing ” lies in form of news. An example is the fake parallel counting of ballots by a certain online newspaper. Even projections were fake. We’ll end up doing something bad if we’re not careful
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    • Ndanje, you know what, this this chief is a political sucker to chokolwa. he fears he wud loose the contract he has been given to work on the Nangoma-Keezwa road. chakolwa shud also be careful with him. he is a Musela kwakaba. he sucked Mwanawasa and is now sucking chakolwa. we expected this from him. look at the flight of cars chakolwa has given him. his days are numbered. we shall deal with him.

  3. Of course in order to continue receiving grants and to avoid his people suffering should lungu decide to stop funding his area he has to say this to public. Behind closed doors when we have met with him and other chiefs they are supporting hh and want the devil lungu out. Mmd was also misled this way. Wind of change is here. Wake up

  4. If a snake has been biting people for a long time and it is unrepentant, a hole is the best place for it to be!

  5. i wish hh and upnd dint get their news/ information from Zambia watchdog, they would have avoided all this shiit. watchdog is a destruction nothing sensible comes from that site

    • Just imagine if you are a resident of southern Province and you are a bemba then a Tonga offends you and you decide to take them to the chief seeking Justice, what can you receive?

  6. what was a mere chief doing in zimbabwe at the time when HH was driving without a licence and on a wrong lane of the road. This chief is a sell out his name was put their with his full consent dont mislead pipo , u will be charged for misdeamour

  7. The chiefs are not partisan. They are just pointing out injustices happening with the ruling party. Shankumbila is just a coward. There are always Judas Scariots in this world who wants please people even when they are wrong. Chief Shankumbla your time of persecution can come to you as well.

  8. He was obviously bribed. These fake chiefs without principles. Even foreign people and non Zambians have taken note that what Lungu is doing and did to HH is completely wrong. This why Zambia will remain a country that no respects.

  9. You only condemn chiefs when they defend what is right, you think they can be quite when you are mistreating someone innocent you even go and rob his house as a government even the so called minister kampyongo has no shame, you go in the history of our country as a minister who presided over a police force that went to rob someone,s what a shame. you have no integrity at all because what happened has embarrased our country.

  10. Only a miracle will return Zambia to the nation that lived the “ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION” motto birthed by the founding fathers! Mind you the one, Michael Chilufya Sata, who is the architect of decay leading to the deep divisions and tribal consciousness was not among the nations founding fathers. Best bet is to let each region govern itself according to ethnicity it has worked in Nigeria and South Africa!

    • interesting comment, and i actually think you have a point there regarding Late Sata’s contribution to current realities. However,i strongly feel that UPND succession fiasco prior to Mr HH ascension to presidency of the party is the REAL reason for the tribal issues currently obtaining.
      We can try to gloss over that but even ardent supporters of the UPND know deep down their hearts that this is the real reason.

      What next though? How i wish we could analyse issues with the objectivity required but now, every little issue is analysed based on one’s political affiliation.
      Facts to me
      HH does not deserve the treatment rendered to him – let him go.
      HH, respect the position that you are vying for, also, it would help you if you toned down if you want to appeal to the ‘man on the…

    • Facts to me
      HH does not deserve the treatment rendered to him – let him go.
      HH, respect the position that you are vying for, also, it would help you if you toned down if you want to appeal to the ‘man on the street’
      The courts needs to give the opposition the chance to be heard. What i am not sure about though is whether it is possible to hear a case outside the stipulated period (14 Days). That would be like RETAKING a penalty for a game already played
      The public order act must allow opposition members to freely gather at their request. State media should also give independent coverage to the opposition, in order to have a balanced playing field.

      *** We rest for now.

  11. Divergent views are not accepted by Upnd. Just because this chief doesn’t agree with you, you call him names? This clearly underlines the entrenchment of tribal sentiments by Southerners.

  12. so people question a direct quote from chief Shakumbila but believe a report that from representatives? you can see that UPND is a desperate union that thrives on lies and mob mentality. Mwami wakaka, wakaka… son of the soil is a tribal conotation of a Tonga tribal mwana mwana Hichelema… Mazoka milimo mwakashinala bani… Some UPND members are actually happy with developments because they see a chance to replace mwana mwana… me adding to the rumours GBM engineered the arrest of mwana mwana… and GBM is actually PF spy at UPND… wake up… just kidding but possible

  13. I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND FROM WHICH PERSPECTIVE SOME PEOPLE LOOK AT ISSUES. LOOK HERE GUYS, THE ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT UPND & PF HERE. ITS ABOUT GOVERNANCE & CHIEFS ARE PART OF IT. ANYBODY WHO IS PART OF GOVERNANCE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN PEACE AS IT IS ONE OF THE INGREDIENTS OF DEVELOPMENT. IF ZAMBIA IS AT PEACE, THEN DEVELOPMENT WILL BE EASY TO ATTAIN. AT THE RATE THINGS ARE MOVING, DEVELOPMENT WILL BE AFFECTED. NOT ALL PEOPLE COMMENTING ON THIS MATTER ARE UPND. ARE DIPLOMATS UPND? I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND HOW A NORMAL PERSON WOULD DANCE WITH JOY WHEN THE NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE IS BURNING. IN LAW, THERE IS A “GOOD NEIGHBOR PRINCIPLE”, IN THE BIBLE, DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WISH THEM DO UNTO U. WHAT SORT OF CHRISTIANS DO WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY? EASTER PERIOD FOR THAT MATTER

    • Easter is a Biblical, it is a pagan worship of a god of fertility . symbols used are colored eggs and rabbits. Real Christians during these days celebrate the death and the resurrection of our Lord Christ Jesus.(John 11:25 [KJV])
      Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live)

  14. Those Cheap chiefs, they were constipated with beef at HH’s house. Kabili where they come from they can’t afford to slaughter a cow.
    Chief Shakumbila is a man of integrity.

  15. Shakumbila..means one who is always asking for help. Chief we counting as your 1st denial. You have remained with two to match Peter’s three denials.

  16. I think the whole thing about Lusaka times is rubbish. They included a chief who was in Zimbabwe to have been at HH residence drinking tea while the owner is incarcerated

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