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Government warns against succession wrangles as Chief Mukonchi is buried

Rural News Government warns against succession wrangles as Chief Mukonchi is buried

Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Lawrence Sichalwe has advised the people of the Swaka chiefdom to remain calm following the death of Chief Mukonchi. Mr Sichalwe said the government will not take pleasure in succession wrangles in the chiefdom as they await the chief’s successor.

He said this is because wrangles do not only lead to insecurity but also derail development in the chiefdom.

“I wish to advise people of the Swaka chiefdom to remain calm as you go through this period of awaiting the late chief’s successor. Government will not take pleasure in succession wrangles not only here but anywhere within Zambia as such bring insecurity and only derail development in the chiefdom,” he said.

Mr Sichalwe has since directed that the instruments of power be deposited to government until such a time when the successor is going to be found.

Mr Sichalwe further directed that the instruments of power for the late chief Ngabwe that were kept at the late chief’s chiefdom be handed over to the government.

Earlier, Mr Sichalwe extolled the late chief for his passion in developing the chiefdom. He said the late chief played a pivotal role in attaining the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in the chiefdom, adding that the chief was also vigilant in combating Gender Based Violence.

The Traditional Affairs Minister further observed that the late chief was not only responsive but also supportive of government developmental programmes.

Mr Sichalwe also extolled the late chief for promoting traditional values of the Swaka people with their traditional ceremony.

Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga also described the late chief as being development oriented and always putting development ahead of himself. Mr Mushanga further described the late chief as humble and one who discouraged violence.

He said the successor should emulate the good heart of the late chief and embrace everyone in the chiefdom. Mr Mushanga further emphasised that the family lineage should be followed in looking for a successor.

“It’s God who gives positions and engaging in wrangles will only derail development,” he said.

Earlier, Body and Blood of Christ Priest, Alex Chanda described the late chief as a man who put God first in his life. Chief Mukonchi who died last Saturday is survived by a wife, seven children and two grandchildren and has since been put to rest in his chiefdom.


  1. Just asking we are in the middle of a pandemic and it is vital to take reasonable measures. It is nothing to do with what cause the chiefs death. Here in Africa we are doing well to combat the virus. Just read this:

    The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has praised African states for managing to curb the spread of coronavirus.
    Africa has seen about 1.4 million cases and 34,000 deaths since February.

    Meanwhile in diaspora you are dying like chickens

  2. Chief: A title forced on the African by a coloniser hellbent on showing his superiority over the natives, Chief was how the coloniser wanted to differentiate between his King and the African Kings

  3. In my opinion, this has nothing to do with ‘managing to curb the spread of the disease’ in Africa. It has more to do with the resilence that has been built over the years because of the constant exposure to all kinds of pathogens – including the malaria parasite. People are largely still mingling ‘as usual’ in Africa (with a few masked up, albeit) but there have been much fewer deaths in comparison to other regions – many are able to get the virus, even unknowingly, but a long developed ‘herd immunity’ from similar viruses has helped – otherwise there would have been a catastrophy in Africa given the poorer health structures.

  4. Lukanga welcome back. You went very quiet. We hope you are safe uko ku diaspora. We are following the news and can see that second wave will be bad. Keep yourself safe, we don’t want you dying like a chicken

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