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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Chief Sekute’s palace gutted

Unkown people have burnt chief Sekute’s royal court and part of the palace in Kazungula, district commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane has said. Ms Musokotwane said in an interview yesterday that the motive behind the suspected arson is yet to be established but that there have been succession wrangles in the chiefdom.

“After receiving the report of the fire, I quickly informed the security agencies to investigate the incident and to ensure the safety of chief Sekute,” Ms Musokotwane said.

He is, however, happy that no life was lost in the inferno.

Chief Sekute’s son, Lwiizi, confirmed that the royal court was gutted and that law enforcement agencies have instituted investigations to establish the cause.

A Daily Mail crew that rushed to the palace in Kazungula’s Mambova on Saturday found the gutted royal court and part of the palace. Chief Sekute’s retainer Peter Samabi said police have apprehended Hane Chileshe, 74, to help with investigations

Mr Chileshe’s wife Justina Nakamba said there was general cleaning at the palace court around 12:00 hours when fire broke out.

“The fire started at 12:00 hours and we only managed to have the Fire Brigade from Livingstone after 14:00 hours who drove about 80 kilometres to the palace,” Ms Nakamba said.

Source: Chief Sekute’s palace gutted (09/03/15)

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