Sata eulogises Chitimukulu
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu with his
President Sata has sent a message of condolences to the
Bemba Royal Establishment following the death of His Royal Highness, Mwine
Lubemba, Paramount Chief Chitimukulu the 37th.
Mr Sata said he learnt
with great sadness the death of Mwine Lubemba, Paramount Chief Chitimukulu
Chilufya Mwango Chitapankwa III at Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital
And the Bemba Royal Establishment spokesperson Bwalya Chiti
confirmed the death of the paramount chief in an interview
Mr Chiti said the traditional leader, who died on
Tuesday at the age of 75, is survived by a wife, several children and
And President Sata has described the Chitimukulu as a true
statesman who served his people and the country with distinction.
according to a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by the President’s special
assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.
“I have no doubt
in my mind that this loss will be deeply felt not only by the royal
establishment at Mungwi but by multitudes of Zambians, both within the country
“On behalf of the people and the Government of Zambia, I wish
to extend my deepest condolences to the Bemba Royal Establishment for this deep
loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants the royal family and the
establishment fortitude and strength during this sad time,” the President
President Sata appealed to the Bemba Royal Establishment to promote
peace and ensure harmony during the year-long period of mourning.
Chilufya Mwamba ascended the throne in 2007 and was officially recognised as
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu on May 7, 2007 through Statutory Instrument No. 36
He became officially known as Chitimukulu Chilufya Mwango
Chitapankwa III. Before he became Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, he served as
Sub-chief Musa and Chief Mpepo of Mpika district.