Thousands of people from all walks of life yesterday turned up at Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people of Chama District to pay their last respect to the late chief, Joseph Goma, who died at the age of 95.
And Jobel Goma, 60, brother of the late Senior Chief Kambombo, has been chosen as the new Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people.
The late Senior Chief Kambombo died last week on Tuesday October 7, 2015 in Chama District Hospital after a short illness.
Muchinga Permanent Secretary, Bright Nundwe, represented the Government at the burial ceremony of the late senior chief.
Mr Nundwe called for unity of purpose in the country in order to achieve meaningful development.
Mr Nundwe said no tangible development can take place in the absence of peace and unity, adding that there is need for all Zambians regardless of their belief and ideologies to be united in order to foster development in the country.
He described the late Senior Chief Kambombo as a great traditional leader who always preached peace and harmony in his chiefdom because he believed very well that nothing tangible could take place in the absence of peace and unity.
The Provincial Permanent Secretary said Chama district has seen unprecedented development in the last few years because of having people who are united, committed and united to develop their area.
He reminded the mourners that even the Bible says where there is unity, a blessing is commanded and it is, therefore, important that there is unity of purpose in order to take the country to higher heights.
Speaking at the same function, Patriotic Front (PF) Muchinga Provincial chairperson, Mwansa Kapeya, said the late chief was a committed leader who always wanted to improve the welfare of his people.
Mr Kapeya said the late Senior Chief Kambombo was so passionate about seeing Chama district developing, adding that on several occasions, the late chief reminded national leaders such as the late and current Republican President that he would die a happy man if the road connecting Chama district to Matumbo in Shiwang’andu was tarred.
He said he is happy that the chief has died when the road is almost complete and all the township roads in Chama District have been tarred.
Meanwhile, Jobel Goma, 60, brother of the late Senior Chief Kambombo, has been chosen as the new Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people.
The ceremony to appoint Jobel Goma and take over the reign of Senior Chief Kambombo was done just before the burial of the late chief as per tradition and custom of the Senga people.
Jobel Goma becomes the 19th Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people.
The Chama Senga Cultural Association (CHASECA) National Secretary General, Yotam Mtayachalo, has since appealed to government to quickly gazette and recognise the newly-installed Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people.
Mr Mtayachalo also commended the Senga people for the peaceful succession ceremony, adding that this is what should always be done as there is no need for people to start fighting each time there was a death of a chief.
He appealed to other tribes to emulate the Senga people and promote peace and harmony in their chiefdom in order to achieve meaningful development.