"During colonial times the whites found chiefs here and not politicians; even MPs are supposed to be under us because we are the owners of the land..."
Senior Headman Mtonga arguing that it is wrong for chiefs to be barred from politics, when it was "chiefs that brought independence". The question on the extent to which chiefs can be or are effective agents of political change will be discussed early in the new year as part of our blog specials on traditional authorities. A previous blog in the series Traditional Authorities - Part 1 : Chiefs in colonial Zambia has touched on the role of chiefs in the independence struggle. Whilst they didn't bring independence, they played a critical role in facilitating the struggle, especially through funding.