GOVERNANCE expert McDonald Chipenzi has expressed concern over the involvement of Chief Mukuni in active partisan politics.
McDonald Chipenzi who is the Director of Governance, Elections, Advocacy, and Research Services (GEARS) Initiative, observes that Chief Mukuni has been canvassing for electoral support for named candidates throughout Southern Province and this could cause divisions.
Chipenzi adds that in Kazungula district, Southern Province, a Chief is a sitting Council Chairperson on a party ticket. He reminds the traditional leaders that the law under Article 168 of the constitution only allows chiefs, headmen and women to be independent Councilors not on political party ticket.
Chipenzi adds that the electoral code also does not allow traditional leaders to be coercing their subject to vote for a particular candidate as it is illegal. He explains that such an offence if prosecuted attracts a fine of K60,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or both.
Chipenzi says it is unfortunate that Chief Mukuni could be championing a partisan political agenda in total disregard of the existing law, largely due to limited knowledge of the provisions.
He has since called on law enforcement agencies to take keen interest in this constitutional and illegal violation by traditional leaders.