Don’t engage in wrangles, Chief Nkambo’s subjects told

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MONICA KAYOMBO, Masaiti
PRESIDENT Lungu has advised Chief Nkambo’s subjects in Masaiti district on the Copperbelt Province not to betray the late traditional leader by engaging in succession wrangles.

The President said Chief Nkambo treasured peace during his entire 62-year reign and that Government does not expect succession disputes following his demise.
“There have never been problems here. We do not expect any problems now,” Mr Lungu said in a speech read for him by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata during the burial of Chief Nkambo in Mishikishi area in Masaiti on Tuesday.
He urged the subjects in the chiefdom to unite during this trying moment and avoid engaging in any form of destructive schemes that could divide them.
President Lungu said Government is saddened with the death of Chief Nkambo who he described as a peaceful and a man full of wisdom.
He said the late traditional leader was eager to see development in his chiefdom and always made demands when discussing with Government.
And House of Chiefs chairperson Chief Ngabwe said the chiefdom should replicate the peace and unity late Chief Nkambo spearheaded.
“We are the beacons of peace. We do not expect any problem now,” Chief Ngabwe said.
Lima Lamba Royal Establishment council spokesperson Senior Chief Chiwala said the council will ensure there is smooth transition and installation of a successor with similar attributes of late Chief Nkambo.
Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo said the late chief helped him settle in the province as Copperbelt Minister following his appointment.
“He told me that age has nothing to do with leadership. And the leadership you are seeing in me, it is late Chief Nkambo who has contributed,” he said.
And Nkambo Mulemuna, a medical doctor and Chief Nkambo’s grandson, described his late grandfather, who ascended to the throne at the age of 23 as a great man, hardworking, smart and imparted a lot of wisdom on his grandchildren.
Chief Nkambo,85, who died in Lusaka on Friday last week has left behind five children and 14 grandchildren.
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