Succession wrangles hampering development in chief Mukobela

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-Acting Namwala District Commissioner Godwin Sanjase has bemoaned the protracted succession dispute in Mukobela’s chiefdom.

Mr. Sanjase said the dispute is affecting the implementation of developmental programmes in the chiefdom.

He explained that the succession dispute in Mukobela chiefdom has not yet been concluded since 2002 following the death of Chief Mukobela.

He noted that the failure to resolve the matter has affected development since the two opposing sides have taken the matter to court.

He could however not provide details on the matter because it was still active in the courts of law awaiting determination.

Namwala district has four chiefs namely Mungaila, Mukobela, Muchila and Nalubamba and shares its boundaries with Monze, Choma, Kalomo and Itezhi-Tezhi districts respectively.

And Mr. Sanjase has said the tarring of the Niko-Monze road will spur economic development in the district as it was the shortest route to the line of rail.

He said people in the district were happy with President Michael Sata’s government for including the Niko-Monze road on the programme of roads that will be tarred this year.

He explained that the road was the busiest and shortest route to the line of rail hence will open the district to new investment.

Mr. Sanjase further explained that the relocation of the provincial capital of Southern Province from Livingstone to Choma will cut down on transport costs and other expenses for Namwala residents.

He said the release of Women Empowerment Funds, the fight against corruption and the labour law reforms are some of the positive developments that the district has embarked on since President Sata came into office.