Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Recognition of Chiefs

   4.   Withdrawal and suspension of recognition accorded to Chiefs

   5.   Inquiries

   6.   Deputy Chiefs

   7.   Exclusion of former Chief or Deputy Chief from specified area

   8.   Payment of subsidies to Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs

   9.   Kapasus

   10.   Functions of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs

   11.   Preservation of public peace

   12.   Offences and penalties

   13.   Institution of prosecutions

   14.   Payments under this Act

   15.   Savings


to make provision for the recognition, appointment and functions of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs; for the exclusion of former Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs from specified areas in the interests of public order; for the appointment and functions of kapasus; and for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

[1st November, 1965]

Act 67 of 1965,

Act 13 of 1994.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Chiefs Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Chief” means a person recognised under this Act as the holder of an office specified by or under section 3;

“Deputy Chief” means a person holding office under this Act as the deputy to a Chief;

“kapasu” means a person holding or acting in the office of kapasu to a Chief or Deputy Chief.

3.   Recognition of Chiefs

   (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the President may, by statutory order, recognise any person as being, within the area in Zambia specified in the order, the holder of—

      (a)   the office of Litunga of the Western Province or of any other chiefly office in the Western Province specified in the order;

      (b)   the office of Paramount Chief, Senior Chief, Chief or Sub-Chief.

   (2) No person shall be recognised under this section as the holder of an office unless—

      (a)   the President is satisfied that such person is entitled to hold the office under African customary law; and

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