11 arrested for attacking Chief Katyetye
Isoka, May 25, 2013, ZANIS…Police in Isoka district have arrested eleven
people including three women for riotous behavior.
Police say the eleven were threatening violence and attempting to dethrone
Chief Katyetye of the Tambo people.
Both Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Remmy Kajoba and Chief
Katyetye of the Tambo have confirmed the development in separate
interviews with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in
Mr. Kajoba said the eleven arrested suspects yesterday set on fire a shelter for the
Kampumbu Block Agriculture Show where Chief Katyetye was scheduled to
be the guest of honour.
The eleven also threatened to kill Chief Katyetye if he ever stepped his
foot in the main arena of the show grounds disrupting the block show
in the process and forcing the chief to remain in the vehicle for
However, quick action by the police saved the chief from being lynched
by the unruly group of villagers.
Mr. Kajoba said calm has since returned to Kampumbu area.
The police chief identified the arrested people as Blackwell Chigaga
Mutambo, Mathews Silwamba, 20 Chasu Siwale, 20, Boston Chanda, 26,
Kellys Simokonda, 30, and Rosten Siwale, 41’
Others are James Mutambo,39, Maggie Nanyondo , 30,Milder Nanyangwe,
25,Mester Nankonde,41, and Boyd Sichone 37 , all of Katyetye Village.
Mr. Kajoba said the 11 who have since been charged for riotous
behaviour under the Public Act will appear in court soon.
The police commissioner noted that Blackwell Chigaga Mutambo, the
master minder in this case, is a son to the late chief Katyetye who
wanted to ascend to the throne to succeed his father.
And Chief Katyetye Jasusi Mutambo told ZANIS in a telephone interview
from his palace that quick action by the police saved his life.
Chief Katyetye added that the 11 people insulted him in full view of
acting Isoka District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) Danny Musukwa and
Isoka Council Chairman Davis Simbule.
The traditional ruler said despite him having been recognised by the
Government, Blackwell Chigaga Mutambo and his group have always
planned to dethrone.
He has since appealed to the authorities to deal firmly with those
people bringing confusion in the chiefdom adding that it is important
that the law is followed and those found wanting should be punished.