– Govt. assures Chief Katyetye of the Tambo people of Isoka district of his safety

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Govt. assures Chief Katyetye of the Tambo people of Isoka district of his safety

Isoka, May 28, 2013, ZANIS  —  GOVERNMENT has assured Chief Katyetye of  the Tambo people of Isoka district in Muchinga Province that it will
offer full protection to the traditional ruler.


And Government has directed police to ensure that they move in quickly in Katyetye Village to arrest all the people behind the attack of
Chief Katyetye last week.


Muchinga Province Minister Colonel Gerry Chanda says  that  government will protect the chief and give him maximum security.


Colonel Chanda the Government is saddened with the continued attacks on the traditional ruler by some disgruntled villagers.


He said that as a recognised chief, the Government will not sit back and watch people attacking and threatening to dethrone the chief.

Col. Chanda warned that people promoting anarchy in the villages will not go scot free.



ZANIS reports from Isoka District that the minister said this when he paid a  courtesy call on Chief Katyetye at his palace over the weekend.


He said that he was therefore, directing the police command to  immediately move in to arrest all the people bringing confusion in the
chiefdom and ensure that they are prosecuted.


Col. Chanda said if it means bringing more re-enforcements to ensure that peace prevails in the area, Government will not hesitate
but to do just that.

Earlier, Chief Katyetye complained that for the past two years, a group of villagers has been threatening to kill and dethrone him from
the throne.

Chief Katyetye said he felt lonely because for the past two years, he has personally fought the battle alone without the help from the
Government despite him being a recognised chief.

He said that the continued squabbles in the chiefdom was affecting development and appealed to Government intervention so that the matter
is resolved.

A group of villagers on Friday last week attacked Chief Katyetye and threatened to kill him when he went to grace the Kampumbu Block
Agricultural Show.

Police in Isoka district have arrested 11 people, including 3 women for riotous behaviour, threatening violence and attempting to dethrone
Chief Katyetye of the Tambo people.

The 11 also threatened to kill Chief Katyetye if ever he 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 some time.

Provincial police chief  Remmy  Kajoba confirmed the incident and said that the incident happened at about 11: 50 hours.

However, quick action by the police saved the chief from being lynched by the unruly group of villagers.

Police managed to quell the situation and arrested the ring leaders.

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 said Blackwell Chigaga Mutambo, the master minder insighted others who hurled insults at him when he arrived at the
venue for the first ever block show.

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 him saying it is not him who is supposed to be the chief.

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.

“Am the rightful hire to this throne and therefore no amount of threat is going to scare me, “said Chief Katyetye.