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Breaking News - 16th April 2016

Mwata Mbunge - Prime Minister (Ngambele) of Chief (Mwene) Mundu in Kalabo, Western Province, Letter and Press Statement

By Courtesy of Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association on 15th April 2016.

 

Mwata Mbunge - Prime Minister (Ngambela) to Chief (Mwene) Mundu of Kalabo, Western Province of Zambia has written to Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association, an association dealing with reviving, promoting, preserving and protecting the cultural heritage of the Mbunda people, to mediate and initiate dialogue between Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the Chief (Mwene) Mundu royal families. This is in regard to wrangles over the installation of Chief (Mwene) Mundu.

 

The press statement was also reproduced on Zambia National Broadcasting Services - Luvale Programme by way ofan interview at 10.30 hours on Friday, 15th April, 2016 and Radio Liseli in Mongu as a news item.

 

Details of the statements as reproduced are as follows:

 

12th April, 2016

The National Chairman
Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association
National Headquarters
LUSAKA.

I enclose a Press Statement I have issued to set the record straight concerning the Mwene Mundu chieftainship installation skirmishes and relationship with the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).

Let me reiterate that I regret the abrogation of the laid down chiefs installation procedure in Western Province by some of my people who were misled and were found at that occasion during my absence.

That being the case, in my capacity as Prime Minister (Ngambela) of the Chief (Mwene) Mundu and Administrative Area Chief of the Liumba area, duly installed by the BRE Libonda Kuta (traditional court) in November 2014, with full authority before I handover the instruments of power and authority to the incoming Area Chief yet to be installed turn to you, to mediate between the BRE and Mwene Mundu royal families and initiate dialogue over this unfortunate development.

My office looks forward to work with you as we await your response.

Given at my hand,


Mwata Mbunge
Prime Minister (Ngambela)
Chief (Mwene) Mundu Chieftainship.

 

 

                                 PRESS STATEMENT
                                          BY
            MWATA MBUNGE PRIME MINISTER (NGAMBELA)
                 CHIEF (MWENE) MUNDU CHIEFTAINSHIP
            LIUMBA CHIEFDOM, KALABO, WESTERN PROVINCE
                                12th April, 2016

As noted in the Press for the past few weeks, I Mwata Mbunge would like to inform the public and set the record straight concerning the Mwene Mundu chieftainship installation skirmishes and relationship with the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).

In my capacity as Prime Minister (Ngambela), duly installed by the BRE Libonda Kuta (traditional court) in November 2014, it is therefore my responsibility to give direction in the administration of the Liumba area as the authority and Administrative Area Chief before I handover the instruments of power and authority to the incoming Area Chief yet to be installed.

Since the demise of Chief (Mwene) Mundu Likithi in August 2008, there has been embarrassing wrangles as to who should succeed him. The question has been, why the wrangles?

There are Mbunda customs, well thought out by our ancestors regarding Mbunda chieftainship succession, which if considered carefully always guide to avoid such embarrassing situations as follows:

1). Mbunda chieftainship is not a one family person to holder affair
    i). Sons are not eligible to succeed their fathers but nephews and

        grandchildren.
   ii). The wisdom behind it is that, a man's child in some cases is

       questionably his. However, a woman's child is without doubt hers.

       Therefore that protects the chieftainship not to be taken over by

       slaves.
 iii). Sons can easily scheme to eliminate the father on the throne in order

      to succeed him earlier, but nephews and grandchildren by nature come

       from unpredictably wide family range.
 iv). Chifunkutu (a group of counselors representative of a particular royal

      family tree, and in this case all Chief (Mwene) Mundu family tree)

      headed by the Prime Minister (Ngambela) are responsible for choosing

      a chief's successor, their decision is final and cannot be challenged. It

      remains secret until the successor is announced to the public.

 

2). Installation procedure of Mwene Mundu Chieftainship
    i). The eight Mwene Mundu royal families meet to choose successor

        candidates from all the families.
   ii). The chosen ones then pass through a final selection procedure called

        SEFA to choose one preferred candidate.
  iii). That is to be followed by the candidate undergoing traditional

       installation rituals performed by known Mbunda traditionalists Mbanje

       and Lumingu, who are custodians of traditional ethics.
 iv). After that stage, the candidate is pronounced a chief in Mbunda

      tradition. No matter what circumstances may surface later, that status

      cannot be reversed.
  v). Thereafter, the chief designate is taken to the BRE Libonda Kuta for a

      letter of acknowledgement to the BRE Limulunga Kuta, accompanied

      by two Indunas from Libonda.
 vi). The final stage is by BRE Limulunga Kuta bestowing a 'fly whisk' on

      the chief.
vii). That is followed in conclusion by the chief being taken back to

     Libonda for escort to his palace, for public installation celebrations

     accepted by all.

However, despite the elaborate procedure there is a worrying misunderstanding in my area brought about by:
  i). Those that believe chieftainship succession is a person to holder

      affair.
 ii). Those that want to shortcut by usurping existing powers of

      installation from the laid down procedure in Western Province.

We have a case of Prince Kaunda Likithi who decided to shortcut by presenting himself to the BRE Limulunga without authority from BRE Libonda Kuta and indeed myself as the current recognized area chief. Worse still he did not undergo the traditional succession rituals as earlier stipulated. That resulted in the BRE Limulunga mistakenly bestowing a 'fly whisk' on him without the wish of the royal families and has since neither been accepted, recognized nor given instruments of power by me.

On the other hand, Vunonge Kanyama, embroiled in the current reported
installation skirmishes was chosen as per Mbunda customs and tradition and has undergone traditional succession rituals as stipulated earlier. However, the Mwene Mundu royal families have had challenges concerning his installation due to the earlier installation eluded to by BRE Limulunga Kuta. That has resulted in some, abrogating the laid down installation procedure in Western Province and opting to what was recently reported in the national media in my absence.

However, two wrongs cannot make a right. Dialogue is the most acceptable in order to maintain peace and order. I therefore regret the abrogation of the laid down chiefs installation procedure in Western Province by some of my people who were misled and were found at that occasion.

Let me now make some important pronouncements to the nation as a way
forward regarding our position as the Chief (Mwene) Mundu chieftainship and chiefdom:
   i). We do not recognize or support formation of administrative structures

       such as the so called Mbunda Royal Establishment (MRE) and its

       Mbunda Royal Council (MRC) in Zambia because we were not

       consulted during its formation.
  ii). We still believe in working together with Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural

      and Writers Association whose National Headquarters is in Lusaka,

      with whom together as Mbunda people researched the Mbunda history,

      in which our culture and tradition is stipulated which we cherish and

      adhere to as a guide.
 iii). In this case, we have written to Cheke Cha Mbunda to help initiate

      and facilitate a dialogue with the BRE concerning the installation of

      Chief (Mwene) Mundu.

Given at my Hand,




Mwata Mbunge
Prime Minister (Ngambela)
Chief (Mwene) Mundu Chieftainship.

 

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