Tambo chief­dom on fire

…Suc­ces­sion wran­gles rock chief­dom

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

BATTLELINES lines have been drawn in Isoka’s Tambo chief­dom fol­low­ing the suc­ces­sion wran­gles that have re­sulted in death threats against the in­cum­bent, Se­nior Chief Katyetye.

Se­nior Chief Katyetye said his chief­dom was cur­rently di­vided due to what he de­scribed

was ‘bad con­duct’ of Mr Jeremiah Ja­susu Sim­b­eye who had re­fused to recog­nise him as head of the chief­dom.

In a walk-in-in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day, the tra­di­tional leader ex­plained that he was legally recog­nised Se­nior Chief Katyetye af­ter he was in­stalled and given in­stru­ments of power.

The con­fu­sions en­sued im­me­di­ately Lucky Raphael Mu­tambo, 52, took over the throne in 2011.

“Now there is this im­pos­tor Jeremiah Ja­susu Sim­b­eye from Nakonde who has in­vaded my chief­dom. He started telling the peo­ple that I can­not be Se­nior Chief Katyetye be­cause I have noth­ing to of­fer them,

“Sim­b­eye boasts that he has money so he is the right per­son to take over the throne,” he said. Se­nior Chief Katyetye al­leged that Mr Sim­biye had used his for­tune to bribe some po­lice of­fi­cers from Isoka po­lice sta­tion whom he was us­ing to vic­timise him and his sub­jects.

“Sim­b­eye is not even from the Tambo Royal Fam­ily. He is just a com­mon sub­ject. He has made some money which he has been dis­tribut­ing to some peo­ple in­clud­ing a few po­lice of­fi­cers who he is now us­ing to un­der­mine the chief­taincy.”

Se­nior Chief Katyetye said he was now fear­ing for his life due to po­lice bru­tal­ity and death threats that were be­ing per­pet­u­ated by some of­fi­cers and Mr Sim­b­eye against him and the sub­jects.

He said the sit­u­a­tion had made it hard for gov­ern­ment to de­liver de­vel­op­ment.

He said Mr Sim­biye’s ac­tiv­i­ties had not only af­fected peace in the chief­dom but also dis­turbed the flow of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Isoka.

“De­vel­op­ment flour­ishes where there is peace and har­mony. De­vel­op­ment can­not be at­tained in my chief­dom be­cause there is too much fight­ing and di­vi­sions that are be­ing fu­eled by

Sim­b­eye’s self­ish in­ter­ests,” said Chief Katyetye.

Chief Katyetye ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu and gov­ern­ment to help in restoring peace in the chief­dom.

“I have per­son­ally come to Lusaka and par­tic­u­larly to Daily Na­tion News­pa­per be­cause I know that Pres­i­dent Lungu reads your news­pa­per every day,

“I want to ap­peal to the fa­ther of the na­tion to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter be­cause what is hap­pen­ing in my chief­dom will have a di­rect ef­fect on the PF ad­min­is­tra­tion,

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