——Dennis Mukamwami Maanya Shanungu has been chosen as the 11th Chief Chilyabufu of the Ila people of Banamwaze in Itezhi tezhi district in central Province after a turbulent selection process that flopped twice.
Mr. Shanungu , 66, succeeds Keith Hornwell Shikabasa Namaaso who died on 16th February 2013 at the University Teaching Hospital-UTH in Lusaka following a long battle with cancer.
Itezhi tezhi District Commissioner Roy Nang’alelwa and Council Secretary Cheembo Mang’watu have confirmed the selection of new Chief Chilyabufu by the Chilyabufu Royal Establishment Electoral College.
Mr. Shanungu is a son of Azania Mpompo Shanungu and he is a retired public service worker who was educated at tertiary level at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) where he graduated with a certificate in Stores Management and worked at Livingstone City Council as Chief Buyer and Stores Controller.
The selection process flopped twice when some faction within the royal family were not in favour of the anointed Chief despite the majority of the people approving him.
This led to mild violence which led to the postponement of the process twice and it was only on 12th March, 2013 when it succeeded.