GOVERNMENT has described the death of Chief Chikupili, 93, of Mkushi District as a loss to the nation.
Central Province Minister Philip Kosamu said the death of the chief should not cause divisions among the subjects but instead they should work towards unity.
Speaking during burial in Mkushi yesterday, the minister described the late chief as a leader who championed peace during the 53 years that he was on the throne.
He appealed to the royal family and the subjects to remain united during the succession process and that dialogue was the cornerstone for resolving any misunderstandings.
Earlier, Senior Chief Mboroma of Mkushi appealed to the village headmen and subjects not to sell customary land, saying it should be preserved for agricultural activities.
Chief Mboroma said the subjects should uphold the legacy of their late chief by ensuring that customary land is preserved for agricultural activities.
Chief Chitina also cautioned the subjects against fighting for the chieftainship as that could bring anarchy.
He said delays in installation of chiefs were caused by fighting among family members.
The late Chief Chikupili is survived by 18 children, 89 grandchildren and 93 great grandchildren.
The burial was characterised by traditional solemn music with members of the royal family members walking bare foot.