|The Citizens Democratic Party
Tel: +260-955-600674, Email: email@example.com
|Putting People First
|An idea, unlike a genetic trait, has to be
taught in order to sustain its continuity.
that has to be taught in form of civic
education from generation to generation
for it to work and achieve that continuity.
It is important therefore, that our citizenry
is continuously enlightened in civic
matters to in order to effectively
contribute to the governance of our
|Putting Civic Matters First
|House of Chiefs>> what is their role?
|Historically, especially in colonial times, chiefs were often used as instruments of indirect rule, and/or convenient
alternatives to elective institutions.
CHIEFS AND HOUSE OF CHIEFS
(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)
The Institution of Chief
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Institution of Chief shall exist in any area of Zambia
in accordance with the culture, customs and traditions or wishes and aspirations of the people to whom it
(2) In any community, where the issue of a Chief has not been resolved, the issue shall be resolved by the
community concerned using a method prescribed by an Act of Parliament.
Concept and Principles Relating to the Institution of Chiefs. The following concepts and principles shall apply to
(a) the Institution of Chief shall be a corporation sole with perpetual succession and with capacity to sue
and be sued and to hold assets or properties in trust for itself and the peoples concerned;
(b) nothing in paragraph (a) shall be taken to prohibit a Chief from holding any asset or property acquired in a
personal capacity; and
(c) a traditional leader or cultural leader shall enjoy such privileges and benefits as may be conferred by the
Government and the local government or as that leader may be entitled to under culture, custom and tradition.
Chief Not to Be Partisan A person shall not, while remaining a Chief, join or participate in partisan politics.
House of Chiefs
There shall be a House of Chiefs for the Republic which shall be an advisory body to the Government on
traditional, customary and any other matters referred to it by the President.
Functions of House of Chiefs
Notwithstanding Article 130, the House of Chiefs may—
(a) consider and discuss any Bill dealing with, or touching on, custom or tradition before it is introduced into the
(b) initiate, discuss and decide on matters that relate
to customary law and practice;
(c) consider and discuss any other matter referred to it for its consideration by the President or approved
by the President for consideration by the House; and
(d) submit resolutions on any Bill or other matter referred to it to the President, and the President
shall cause such resolutions to be laid before the National Assembly.
Composition of House of Chiefs
(1) The House of Chiefs shall consist of twenty-seven Chiefs.
(2) The members referred to in clause (1) shall consist of three chiefs elected by the Chiefs from each of the nine
Provinces of the Republic.
(3) The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman shall be elected from amongst the members.
Tenure of Office and Vacancy
(1) A member of the House of Chiefs—
(a) shall hold office for a period of three years and may be re-elected for a further period of three years;
(b) may resign upon giving one month’s notice in writing to the Chairman.
(2) The office of member shall become vacant—
(a) upon his death;
(b) if he ceases to be a Chief;
(c) if any other circumstances arise that would cause him to be disqualified for election;
(d) if he becomes a candidate to any election, or accepts an appointment, to any office in a political
(e) if he is adjudged or becomes an undischarged bankrupt; or
(f) if he is declared or becomes of unsound mind under any law in Zambia.
Oaths of Members of House of Chiefs
The Chairman and every member of the House of Chiefs shall take an oath of allegiance.
Staff of House of Chiefs
There shall be a Clerk of the House of Chiefs and such other staff as may be necessary for carrying out the
functions under this Part.
President May Make Regulations Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the President may by statutory
instrument, make regulations
(a) the appointment of the Clerk and other officers of the House of Chiefs;
(b) provide for the remuneration of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and other members of the House;
(c) the proceedings and conduct of the House of Chiefs;
(d) the application of any of the privileges and immunities of the National Assembly and its members to
the House of Chiefs and its members; and
(e) such other matters as are necessary or conducive to the better carrying out of the purposes of this Part.