SATA, BashiLubemba Differ Over Rituals

THE Bemba Royal Establishment (Bashilubemba) has differed with President Michael Sata over his decision to degazette Henry Sosala Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba-speaking people of Kasama.

Last Thursday, President Sata withdrew recognition of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as senior chief Mwamba of the Bemba-speaking people of Kasama.
According to well-placed sources, Bashilubemba had a meeting over the matter on Friday where they rejected President Sata’s decision, calling it government interference in traditional affairs.
“Bashilubemba met yesterday (Friday) and they discussed this matter extensively because they were concerned. So, they all rejected the President’s decision; in their view, the government is interfering with traditional affairs. The Bemba Royal Establishment gave examples of the previous two Chitimukulus who did not undergo traditional rituals but they remained Chitimukulus until their death.