Senior Chief Mazdimawe of the Ngoni speaking people of Eastern Province has refuted media reports that all the Chiefs in Eastern Province have endorsed President Edgar Lungu for the August general elections.
According to some newspaper reports, Paramount Chief Mpezeni and all the Ngoni chiefs have endorsed President Lungu’s candidature in the August 11 general elections.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni is said to have held a meeting with village headmen at Ephendukeni palace telling them to advise their subjects to vote President Lungu.
But Chief Mazdimawe has denied the media reports saying the meeting at Ephendukeni was not about endorsing any candidate.
we are permanent leaders of our own people. Politicians will come and go, but the traditional leadership will remain as long as God almighty decides
He has since cautioned the media to at all cost thrive to report issues correctly as they unfold.
“Our meeting which took place at Ephendukeni palace on Tuesday was not about endorsing anyone amongst the candidates as we treat all those contesting in these elections as our own children and we are not going to take sides in any way,” Chief Mazdimawe said.
He added, “So let no one from the social media start insulting us on issues he or she does not understand coz we are conversant with electoral code of conduct.”
Chief Mazdimawe however said Chiefs have the duty to discuss and scrutinize candidates with their subjects as it is only chiefs who remain with their subjects without development in an event that elected representatives disappear after being voted into office.
“In short we are permanent leaders of our own people. Politicians will come and go, but the traditional leadership will remain as long as God almighty decides