By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
SOME chieftainship wrangles in North-Western Province are shameful and detrimental to development, Senior Chief Sikufele of the Mbunda and Chokwe speaking people has said.
The traditional leader noted that stories from several corners in the region involving disputes in chiefdoms make him feel ashamed of being part of the region.
SeniorChief Sikufele, whose jurisdiction covers Kabompo and Manynga districts, said chiefdoms should help the country maintain peace and unity and not the other round.
‘’I feel ashamed with the continued wrangles being experienced in various chiefdoms in the province, I don’t know where we are going,’’ he said.
The traditional was speaking when provicial Deputy Permanent Secretary, Douglas Ngimbu, called on him at his palace. He pointed that there was need to relook at the traditional succession rules to prevent chieftainship wrangles.
He also dispelled assertions that he was an opposition political party sympathiser.
‘’I am a neutral leader who embraces everyone regardless of their political affiliations,’’ he said.
And Mr Ngimbu commended the traditional leader for his efforts in trying to foster unity despite the challenges.
He appealed to the chief to remain resolute in fostering peace as Government would always support him.
‘’Unity and peace should always prevail no matter the situation because the absence of the two deter development,’’ Mr Ngimbu said.