Chief Hamusonde of the Lundwe people of Bweengwa area in Monze district has conferred Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland with a status of head woman in his chiefdom for playing a major role to save the lives of the people in his chiefdom.
The Chief has also recognized the efforts of Telesphore Mpundu, John Sangwa, Linda Kasonde, Laura Miti and Chama Fumba, popularly known as Pilato, who played an instrumental part in voicing out their democratic views in governance matters.
Speaking through a representative, Gift Monde, at the ongoing 2022 Lwiindi-Lwanza traditional ceremony, Chief Hamusonde said the people mentioned and many others made sure that the democracy of the country is protected and preserved, hence the reason to specifically show them his gratitude.
He said the Commonwealth Secretary General played a critical role in ensuring that Zambia was on a stable path and that the rule of law was exercised during and after the 2021 general elections, which saw the new administration transition into power.
Meanwhile, Chief Hamusonde has traditionally released President Hakainde Hichilema who hails from his chiefdom and serves as senior village headman, to serve the entire country and not only the people of Bweengwa.
The Chief said President Hichilema now belongs to all the 10 provinces whose interests must now be his focus.
Chief Hamusonde said this decision is meant to unify the country as the Head of state was now a son of the 10 provinces and not the Hamusonde chiefdom alone.
And President Hakainde Hichilema has accepted the decision taken by Chief Hamusonde to hand him over to the people of Zambia.
He told the people of Bweengwa to accept and understand that he is now the Republican President whose duty is to serve the entire country.
“Yes I was born here but if you do not see me here it means I am elsewhere working with the 18 million Zambians. You married me off by voting for me into office to all the 10 provinces of Zambia,” he said.
As a symbolic gesture of release, Chief Hamusonde handed the President a short spear and a working stick.