Sata Meets Chiefs to Solicit Support Pending By-Elections in their Areas

President Sata on Monday met chiefs, mostly from North Western province, to solicit support after he pressurised MMD MPs from the region to quit and create room for by-elections.

The PF is seeking to boost its numbers in the house and has pounced on some hungry MMD souls in parliament to help them meet their target.

Those MPs targeted such as Richard Taima, David Phiri and Patrick Ngoma, among others have since been appointed to inferior deputy minister position.

Below is a statement by Sata’s mouthpiece George Chellah on the chiefs meeting.

PRESIDENT SATA MEETS 17 CHIEFS

LUSAKA, Monday, November 19, 2012 – His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, today met 17 chiefs from North-western, Eastern and Lusaka Provinces.

The chiefs who held a closed-door meeting with the Head of State at State House this afternoon include senior chief Ndungu [Zambezi], senior chief Sikufelo [Kabompo], senior chief Mujimanzovu [Solwezi], senior chief Kasempa [Kasempa], senior chief Kalilele [Solwezi], chief Chizela [Mufumbwe], chief Ntambu [Mwinilunga], chief Mumena [Solwezi], chieftainess Nyakuleng’a [Zambezi], chieftainess Ikeleng’i [Ikeleng’i], chief Chikola [Solwezi], chief Mulonga [Solwezi], chief Munsaka [Solwezi], senior chief Mburuma [Luangwa], chief Mphuka [Luangwa], chief Mbangombe [Katete] and chief Khatumba [Katete].

During the meeting the traditional leaders thanked the President for the opportunity to discuss with them several matters pertaining to the welfare of the country. The chiefs pledged total support to President Sata’s administration in pursuit of the country’s development agenda.

The traditional leaders also expressed gratitude to the to the Head of State for establishing the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs as well as appointing opposition MMD Members of Parliament as deputy ministers in the PF Government.

The chiefs requested President Sata to address the various challenges facing their chiefdoms especially in sectors such as education, infrastructure, health and the road network.

The chiefs further asked the Head of State to initiate and finance tangible capital projects in their provinces and expedite the electrification and provision of mobile telephone network to their palaces.

In response, President Sata assured the chiefs that the PF Government is determined to ensure that resources are allocated to all areas of needy countrywide.

President Sata emphasised the need for constant engagements between the Government and the traditional leadership in the country.
“You [traditional leaders] are a vital component in the governance of the country and there is a lot we can achieve together if we develop a culture of constant interaction. This is your place so feel free to submit your proposals and suggestions as and when need arises,” President Sata said.

“As a person who fully understands and appreciates tradition and culture, I am convinced that our chiefs will only be respected by the general populace if we the politicians look after them accordingly.”

The meeting was also attended by chiefs and traditional affairs deputy minister Hon. Susan Kawandami, tourism deputy minister Hon. David Phiri, education deputy minister Hon. Patrick Ngoma, commerce deputy minister Hon. Richard Taima, North-western Province minister Hon. Stephen Masumba, Kabompo MMD Member of Parliament Hon. Danny Ching’imbu and North-western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba.

Issued by:

George Chellah 
Special Assistant to the President (Press and Public Relations)

One Comment

  1. Posted November 20, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Under true established traditional cultures the ascendance to the throne was very predictable in athe immediate past up to the 1960s, because the mechanism was perfect with regard to the process of identifying a potential heir to the Chief’s throne through the blood lines. The tribal structures experienced no complications then because the subjects accepted whoever was elevated to the throne. Even if the personality who ascended to the throne was a natural tyrant, like the well-known Bisa Chief called MWANSA KABINGA, the subjects lived along with their fate of being ill-treated to await a death of the cruel Chief to breathe a sigh of relief. This assertion can be extended to a tyrannical President who is also protected by Constitution to serve a prescribed 5-years term of Office.

    Sata, whose original country (Tanzania) does not recognize Chiefs, has resorted to blackmailing some Chiefs because of the monthly allowance Govt is paying the sitting Chiefs. This is a feature that has given rise to in-fighting for the throne when a Chief dies. Even persons that are remote from the blood line have come on board through political influences to become Chiefs. Hence, the multiplicity of controversies as to who should be the heir to the throne when a Chief dies.

    Sata is vigorously introducing an element of the divide and rule to accomplish his selfish crave for political dominance in Zambia. Some elements of the OP are providing Sata some data on Chiefs that are vulnerable to corruption who are being identified to work against the aspirations of their own peoples.

    In civilized countries persons enter politics to help develop their countries through genuine democratic processes. In Zambia the love for money is as short-lived phenomenon as the culture of expenditure diversifies to those who depend on single source of income based on politics. The MPs who are being bought to join the PF’s defective boat will reap the worst from their political prostitution in the event that Sata suddenly dies from a lethal heart attack, and taking into account that his body has physiologically been impaired by defective renal system, diabetes, and lingering variants of cancers. Political prostitutes can ignore this analysis at their own peril