—– Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
Minister Nkandu Luo has directed law enforcement agencies to
arrest any person masquerading to be a chief in any chiefdom that has a gazetted traditional ruler.
Referring to an accidence in which a man masquerading to be chief Puta
went to the chiefdom wanting to overthrow the sitting chief Puta in Chiengi district,
Professor Luo said it was criminal for any person to claim to be a Chief
of any chiefdom when there is a sitting chief.
Prof Luo said government only recognizes chiefs that are gazetted
as the rightful chiefs adding that the State will not tolerate any
person whose intention is to destabilize chiefs that it has gazetted.
ZANIS reports that Professor Luo said this on Sunday when she led a
team of other Ministers, Members of Parliament, and senior government
officials from Luapula Province in paying a courtesy call on Senior
Chief Puta of Chiengi district in Luapula Province at his palace.
Prof Luo who described the act as criminal said government will
ensure that chiefs in the country are protected and commended the
police for taking quick action at the time of the incident in Chief Puta’s area.
Prof Luo has condemned the act saying it had no blessing
whatsoever from Republican President Michael Sata.
And Senior Chief Puta speaking through his Representative Katele
Kalumba said the Puta Royal Establishment appreciates government
efforts towards the wellbeing of chiefs.