"....Most of these succession disputes are due to greed because the positions have become lucrative. Even where boundaries are clear, some traditional leaders are still encroaching on other people’s land and even selling it. Government is concerned and President Mwanawasa is not happy about such disputes. He has been advising traditional leaders to sort out disputes amicably instead of dragging each other to court...."
- Silvia Masebo (Daily Mail 02/04/2007)
The Minister for Local Government and Housing, Silvia Masebo warning that she will not hesitate to recommend to President Mwanawasa to de-register chiefs whose families are constantly in succession disputes. It appears that she has forgotten that the root cause of all these problems is two fold: a lack of an coherent cultural approach to development that recognises the role of chiefs and the absence of effective land reform. Simply put, most of our chiefs are poor, not well integrated into local and central government, and are now at the mercies of foreign investors. The only surprise here, is that Ms Masebo and her advisers are surprised.