Wrong is wrong, Mumbi op­poses Breb­ner Changala

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was mis­chievous and must not be tol­er­ated. “Mr. Changala’s reck­less state­ments over the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion be­tween Gov­ern­ment and tra­di­tional lead­ers will drive this coun­try over the edge. There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the two par­ties and if the de­ci­sion by chiefs in South­ern Prov­ince not to in­vite Gov­ern­ment to their event was be­cause of the in­car­cer­a­tion of Mr. Hichilema, they should be mag­nan­i­mous enough to apol­o­gise to Gov­ern­ment. “Tra­di­tional lead­ers are not sup­posed to be med­dling in po­lit­i­cal af­fairs and if we do not con­demn this act, we are di­vid­ing this coun­try fur­ther. Tra­di­tional lead­ers are cus­to­di­ans of their sub­jects within their ter­ri­tory while Govern­m­net has an over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity and so, it can­not be tit for tat since the chiefs are sup­posed to be work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment of the day,” Mr. Mumbi said. He chal­lenged tra­di­tional lead­ers across the coun­try to em­u­late para­mount chief Chitimukulu whose reign has never been char­ac­terised by po­lit­i­cal par­ti­san­ship or shield­ing of his peo­ple when they err be­cause of where they came from just like he had demon­strated dur­ing this year’s Ukuse­fya Pang’wena cer­e­mony where he banned Chishimba Kamb­wili from at­tend­ing. “Para­mount chief Chitimukulu has demon­strated that his reign goes be­yond par­ti­san pol­i­tics. Not long ago, he turned back Mr. Kamb­wili from at­tend­ing his tra­di­tional cer­e­mony be­cause he knew he was go­ing to use the oc­ca­sion to ad­vance his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions when the event had noth­ing po­lit­i­cal about it. “If tra­di­tional lead­ers are go­ing to pro­tect their sub­jects based on tribe, they will have me­an­dered away from their core re­spon­si­bil­ity of not be­ing par­ti­san and that will have a telling mo­ment on na­tional in­te­gra­tion and that may af­fect even our fam­i­lies be­cause Zam­bians this far have seen noth­ing wrong with co­ex­is­tence and in­ter­mar­riage,” he said. By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO IT IS wrong for Breb­ner Changala to make in­sin­u­a­tions that Gov­ern­ment may not have been in­vited to the tra­di­tional cer­e­monies in South­ern Prov­ince be­cause they felt that their sub­jects were be­ing un­fairly treated as that will fur­ther di­vide this coun­try, Ed­ward Mumbi has charged. Com­ment­ing on Mr. Changala’s call to Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu to ini­ti­ate di­a­logue with chiefs in South­ern Prov­ince af­ter they snubbed Gov­ern­ment at their tra­di­tional cer­e­mony, Mr. Mumbi said Mr. Changala’s state­ment was mis­placed, mis­lead­ing, and was bound to make trib­al­ism and re­gion­al­ism deep­rooted in Zam­bia. He said as far as he was con­cerned, there was no stand-off be­tween the state and the chiefs and that if their de­ci­sion to ex­clude Gov­ern­ment from their event was be­cause they felt that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema had been un­fairly treated over his ar­rest, such a de­ci­sion

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