Wearing of political attires at this year’s Kulamba ceremony which takes place on Saturday at Chewa Royal Establishment in Katete district of Zambia has been banned.
Publicity Committee member, Lukas Phiri said on Friday.
“We will not hesitate to send away anybody seen putting the party attire, this is a complete traditional event,” said Phiri.
Phiri said Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi has said the Chewa Royal Establishment will not allow wearing of political attires at the ceremony to avoid adulterating the purpose of the ceremony.
He said the establishment has learnt in the past that mixing culture with politics especially during campaign periods could trigger differences among political rivals.
Phiri said once political differences occur at ceremonies, the purpose of the cultural event is defeated.
He said the establishment wanted to strongly uphold the purpose of the ceremony and not to create a campaign stage for politicians.
Kulamba ceremony of the Chewa people in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, which is cerebrated annually, takes place this Saturday in Katete district at paramount chief Kalonga Gawa Undi’s Mkaika palace.
During the ceremony the chiefs give reports to Kalonga on various issues.