Bright Nalubamba, the irreplaceable chief

We will always remember senior chief Bright Nalubamba – a very progressive traditional and political leader of the country, who passed away on June 6, 2019.

In this sad moment, we pay tribute to his lifetime work, dedication to the public cause, to his traditional and political legacy and services rendered to our country and to democratic values.

Senior chief Nalubamba Soares was not only the traditional leader of the Ila people of Namwala; he was the flagship in the battle for freedom, democracy and social rights in Zambia. Even in his very last days, senior chief Nalubamba was in the political fight for social justice, being a vocal critic of undemocratic behaviour and all sorts of abuses of power.

He will remain in history as a traditional and political leader and a man who devoted his life to the good of the people.

The Mast expresses its condolences to the family of senior chief Nalubamba and to the Ila royal establishment and to all the people of Namwala who are now mourning the loss of this remarkable man.

Senior chief Nalubamba is a hero of the people, a chief who always stood on the side of the people when many of our chiefs were prostituting themselves with those in power. Whereas many of our chiefs have assigned to themselves the duty and responsibility of defending the government of the day, senior chief Nalubamba saw it as his mission to defend the masses of our people. He was indeed a traditional leader of decency and honour and a friend of our newspaper. He will be missed not just by the Ila people of Namwala but by all Zambians who respect integrity and democracy.

Senior chief Nalubamba’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and national service.

He meant so much, to so many. Our prayers are with his family.

Senior chief Nalubamba is an irreplaceable traditional leader who pursued what he honestly saw as the national interest in our politics.

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