SENIOR chieftainess Nkomeshya says the PF government is fighting her left, right and centre.
But she is asking President Edgar Lungu’s government to tell her what she had done for her to have become a “thorn in their flesh”.
Addressing about 200 headmen on Saturday during the postmortem of the Chakwela Makumbi ceremony, the Nkomeshya wondered what wrong she had done to the government for it to continue harassing and disrespecting her.
“I am a woman, very small in height, small in body. I don’t even need two bullets to finish my life,” she said. “I don’t need it. If that is what my government wants, they can do it but they should give me a reason why I have become a thorn in their flesh. What is it that I have done? I am asking because they are fighting me left, right and centre. Every day, my land has been invaded by government. My people have been threatened every day. I stand here, myself, as a very disappointed person and to wondering what is happening to my chiefdom and in this country. And also to ask questions, what wrongs have I done myself to deserve this type of treatment from the government that I support all the way, the Government of the Republic of Zambia. Where have I gone wrong? Why am I not told of my wrongs?”
Nkomeshya complained about the busing of violent PF cadres who disturbed the 2019 Chakwela Makumbi traditional ceremony.
A gang of PF youths caused panic and displaced attendants from their seats and ate the food meant for about 1,000 guests.
On arrival, the mob of chanting male youths headed straight to four food-serving tents, grabbed seats, and demanded to be given food way before lunch time.
The ruling party youths caused disruption to the programme in the main arena as the joyful atmosphere was turned into tension as cadres brandished their guns, knives, screw drivers and whips as they demanded food.
Nkomeshya said traditional ceremonies were annual event for all ethnic groups in Zambia.
“We are 73 ethnic groups in Zambia and all of them, they have got their own ceremony according to their tribe and culture. Nobody disturbs them. What is it that I have done myself to deserve this type of treatment and punishment, harassment? What is it that I have done?” she asked. “And that is what I will need somebody up there to tell me where I have gone wrong? To tell me what wrong I have made against the Government of the Republic of Zambia. I am a senior chieftainess, my role according to the Constitution is to support the government of the day, to which I support. I never talk about politics myself, which has destroyed these children. When I say there is biasness in the distribution of wealth of this country, then I stand to speak. And I will not withdraw. I will speak and I will continue to speak but those who want to react to whatever I speak or I say, they have all the freedom to even to invite me, even to go to State House – I am ready to go and be asked, what is this Chieftainess that we are hearing? If I have something to say, I will say it before my President, because I am one of those who gave the support to the President of the Republic of Zambia in 2015 and 2016 and all these subjects who voted for him. And these, if there is anything they want from their government, is to give them provisions. They have talked about the seed, they have talked about fertiliser, and they have talked about infrastructure development, roads, and bridges. These are the things that people ask for. When you ask for such things, is it an offence to get reprimanded?”
Nkomeshya said on October 26, invitations were sent to government, to ministers and members of parliament to attend the Chakwela Makumbi ceremony.
She explained that the government told the organisers that it would not send a guest of honour and that chiefs should look for their own guest of honour.
“I obliged, I invited one of our own Paramount Chief Mpezeni all the way from Eastern Province, Chipata, to come and be my guest of honour…Who is like me, who is part of me, who is part of my family, because the part of government said they didn’t want to do that,” she said. “Was I wrong? I wasn’t wrong. Every time we invite them they give us a representative, but it is them who said choose yourselves a person to be your guest of honour. I did it. Now, what was the point and reason to dispatch more than 40 buses all the way from Lusaka to come here, to come and disrupt my ceremony with more than 600 cadres? I want an explanation from the high authority. What was the reason? They tell me, what is it? Am I so big that a contingent of more than 40 buses with more than 600 cadres they would be descended upon me. To come and kill me? If it is to kill me, even one person can kill me. I am a woman, very small in height, small in body. I don’t even need two bullets to finish my life. I don’t need it. If that is what my government wants, they can do it but they should give me a reason why I have become a thorn in their flesh. What is it that I have done? I am asking because they are fighting me left, right and centre. Every day, my land has been invaded by government. My people have been threatened every day. They can’t go and work in their fields. Am I the only chiefdom that has got land here in Zambia that all of them, the leadership should all be in Lusaka Province?”
Nkomeshya said she give land to house State House, Cabinet Office, Parliament, the Judiciary, Bank of Zambia and the army headquarters.
“I have given them land for Mikango Barracks to defend the people of Zambia and not to come and fight me. And when I gave that land to Mikango Barracks to defend the people of Zambia many years back in 1972, to protect the people of Zambia, there was no agreement that the land that I have given to Dr [Kenneth] Kaunda, he is the one I gave and I thank God that Dr Kaunda is still alive and he has seen what is happening…I hope one day, he will say something about it,” said Nkomeshya. “If land that I gave to government for military establishment, how can it change now to be a residential for those who are up there. Ministers, presidential people, they all have land in this chiefdom. What is it for? So, if the purpose that I gave Mikango Barracks there in 1972, the purpose of it is no longer important or necessary, they should withdraw Mikango from there. They take their barrack and their equipment somewhere else, so that my people can occupy the land than those. If military guns can only take the lives of civilians, how about those with power? When there is a gun, can it miss?”