HONE SIAME, Mungwi
PARAMOUNT Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people yesterday barred expelled Patriotic Front (PF) Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili from
attending Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony because of his alleged divisive tribal sentiments.
Chief Government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga and Northern Province commissioner of police Richard Mweene confirmed the blocking of Mr Kambwili and former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge, at a joint press briefing yesterday in Mungwi district.
Ms Mulenga said Government had no hand in the barring of Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge.
She described Mr Kambwili’s claims that Government had a hand in his ejection as baseless.
She said Mr Kambwili’s claims that President Lungu hates Bembas have not gone well with the Bemba Royal Establishment and that Paramount Chief Chitimukulu could not even include him on the list of invited guests.
“It is not true that Government stopped Honourable Kambwili and former Copperbelt Minister Musenge from attending the ceremony. It is the Mwinelubemba (the Bemba royal establishment) who could not allow him to attend,” she said.
She also questioned the genuineness of Mr Kambwili’s apology to the Tonga people over the assertions he made prior to the August 11, 2016 general elections that they would reject Jesus in preference for a fellow Tonga in an election.
“Government will not condone tribal remarks. Anyone doing that should be put to shame. There is no tension between Bembas and Tongas,” she said.
And Mr Mweene disputed Mr Kambwili’s claims that the provincial command set dozens of officers on him and Mr Musenge.
“The correct position is that convenors of the traditional ceremony did not include Mr Kambwili on that list,” he said.
Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge arrived in Kasama on the eve of Ukusefya pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony.
The royal establishment also wondered why Mr Kambwili would want to attend the ceremony now when he has allegedly spurned several previous invitations.
The BRE is said to be concerned that Mr Kambwili’s reported accusations against President Lungu was a threat to tribal harmony in the country, especially among the Tongas, Bembas and Easterners.
Meanwhile, former United Party for National Development (UPND) Sinazongwe MP Richwell Siamunene said what Mr Kambwili is doing borders on morality and advised him to change his style.
“I have never seen a tribalist like Kambwili. Chiefs in Southern Province will not accept his apology,” Mr Siamunene said.
And special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told reporters at City Airport when President Lungu arrived from Mungwi that the ceremony was successful and it was attended by nine chiefs from Southern Province and some from other provinces, who all called for unity among politicians.