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‘Dethroned’ Shakumbila clings to the throne

By GRACE CHAILE-LESOETSA

DETHRONED Senior Chief Shakumbila, Patrick Chibamba, says the meeting where Netta Shakumbila was selected as his replacement is illegal and against the customary law of the Sala people.

Mr Chibamba insists that the Shakumbila Royal Family does not and cannot work in isolation in the selection or dethronement of a chief.

In this matter, Mr Chibamba who is alleged to have been dethroned from the throne for gross misconduct, is seeking a declaration that he is the reigning Senior Chief Shakumbila of the Sala people.

Mr Chibamba is seeking an order of injunction restraining the defendants from continuing to interfere with the execution of his chiefly duties of the Shakumbila chiefdom.

The same application is seeking an order to stop any further attempt to dethrone him as Senior Chief Shakumbila of the Sala. He is seeking damages, costs and any other relief the court may seem fit. Mr Chibamba has cited Ms Netta Shakumbila, member of the royal family, Mr Ackson Shibalanga and a resident of Mumbwa, Mr Edgar Mwambula as defendants in the matter.

In an affidavit in reply to affidavit in opposition to summons for an order of injunction, Mr Chibamba stated that the alleged dethronement on October 11, last year was of no effect as the three defendants purportedly exercise powers which they did not possess .

He added that the trio acted in total disregard to the customs and traditions of the Sala people over the removal of a reigning Senior Chief.

Mr Chibamba accused Ms Netta of eying the throne since he was installed as she had been claiming that she was the right heir to the throne when in fact not.

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