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KING SHIMUMBO NALUBAMBA DISOWNED

Dec 7, 2020

King Shimumbo Nalubamba, who presumed to accede to the seat of Senior Chief Nalubamba without the blessing of his 'fathers' has been disowned as a member of the Nalubamba ruling line of the two-pronged leadership family of the Mbeza Royal Establishment. He is now counted on the side of Munamooya, as was established when his grandfather Rice Mwachisowa was adopted by Munamooya, the Chief's brother, after being disowned and banished, along with his siblings and divorced mother, from the royal household by Mwanag'ambwa Muuluka Nalubamba prior to the latter's death.

King Shimumbo Nalubamba's disownment is technically just the acknowledgement of a known prior disownment. Rice Mwachisowa is known to have reinserted himself among the Nalubambas after his father's death, after which he usurped the Chieftaincy from Jim Kapobola Shimabwe in 1947, reigning as Chief Nalubamba until his own death in 1972.

A copy of the Writ of Disownment and Decree of Disownment can be downloaded by clicking below.

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FROM GLOOM TO GLORY: THE REBIRTH OF MBEZA ROYAL ESTABLISHMENT

July 10, 2019

Mutenguna Franklin Mukakanga Nalubamba,  speaking as a Prince of Mbeza, delivers some thoughts on the power of a compelling vision.

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BRIGHT LUU NALUBAMBA MOURNED

June 13, 2019

Senior Chief Bright Nalubamba passed away on June 6, 2019. Hundreds gathered to mourn him and bid him farewell, including Zambian opposition party UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. Bright Nalubamba ruled as a caretaker or steward of the Chieftaincy of Nalubamba from 1972, when the anointed Chief, Simon Chiimbwe, gave him stewardship of the seat owing to extenuating needs and circumstances of the time until the former's his death in 2019. Simon Chiimbwe died in 1983, without recovering the seat from his chosen steward.

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HOUSE OF CHIEFS ENGAGED TO REGISTER NEWLY ANOINTED CHIEF

Jan 19, 2021

In an inspired move to deal with the usurpation of the seat of Nalubamba by King Nalubamba once and for all, and in consideration of jurisdictional limitations insofar as reliefs, up to this point in time, being sought from the High Court regarding the same, the Small Council of Elders of the MRE has focused all its attention on asserting the Mbeza Royal Establishment's constitutionally recognised autonomy and self-regulating authority as a traditional leadership institution under Article 165.

The elders have thus sent instructions to the House of Chiefs to register the rightly chosen successor to the seat of Nalubamba, Judge Chiimbwe Nalubamba, anointed as per custom under their direction, as Senior Chief Nalubamba, and to deregister King Shimumbo Nalubamba from any government or House of Chiefs records forthwith.

As a peer-based body mandated to represent the collective interest of Chiefs and chieftaincies that are constitutionally acknowledged to be autonomous and sovereign, needing no external body's recognition of their chosen rulers, the House of Chiefs is the sole party with whom such registrations are to be made.

In view of this development, the High Court case that had been filed against King Shimumbo Nalubamba has been withdrawn by the plaintiffs, the elders of the Mbeza Royal Establishment.

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MRE TO OFFER AMNESTY TO HEADMEN

Jan 7, 2021

The Small Council of Elders of the Mbeza Royal Establishment are considering opening a window of amnesty for the Headmen who sided with King Nalubamba during the events that led up to his usurpation of the seat of Nalubamba and his subsequent sham of a chieftaincy.

The elders are considering offering pardon and require that affected Headmen undergo a mandatory reorientation with the foundational principles of the MRE and take a new oath of loyalty to the legacy MRE and its selected Mwami.

In terms of modality it is expected that the Headmen would heed summons to a meeting to take place on a given date, where the reorientation will be done and the offer of amnesty made so that, once the process is completed, the Chief's office will unveil its reorganized administrative structures, beginning its work on a new footing under appropriate authority and leadership, uplifting the community in unity.

NALUBAMBA CHIEFDOM EYES SEAT ON NAMWALA DISTRICT COUNCIL

Jan 18, 2021

In line with its goal of providing leadership that transcends the known traditional roles of its Chief, the Small Council of Elders is thrilled to announce that the Chiefdom of Naubamba, through the office of Muoneki, will be taking up a seat as a Councillor in Namwala District during the 2021 election cycle.

The Zambian Constitution provides for each District to have up to 3 chiefs elected by and amongst themselves to serve as Councillors, their nomination being done concurrently with, or in time for, the announcement of results of National General Elections. 

The District of Namwala has 4 Chiefs for its 3 seats, and in each cycle, the longest serving Chiefdom has to give way for the one that has been on hiatus the longest. 

Nalubamba Chiefdom's turn comes again in 2021, and we are ready.

Giving the Chiefdom a voice in local government in a manner such as this ensures its concerns are expressed and its programs conducted with the awareness and possible cooperation of Republican Government. 

For a Chiefdom with vision, this window of opportunity that councillor-ship at this level of national government provides is invaluable. 

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