It will be catastrophic if the Patriotic Front (PF) government will continue antagonising the traditional leadership in Northen and Western Provinces and fail to amicably resolve the problems that have been created in the two regions, senior Chief Bright Nalubamba has warned.
Senior chief Nalubamba has charged that it was only a foolish politician that would allow and watch the problems in Western and Northern Provinces degenerate into serious disagreements.
Senior chief Nalubamba said the problems in Northen Province where President Sata has refused to recognise Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the new Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and the never ending tension between government and the Lozi people of Western Province called for level-headedness and wisedom to resolve.
Senior Chief Nalubamba becomes the first to have broken the silence over the differences government and the Bemba and Lozi people among the traditional leadership in the country and said he had watched with great concern the sad happenings in the Bemba chiefdom and the Barotse Royal Establishment where government had decided to adopt antagonism as a way of resolving the problems.The House now headed by Chief Nkomesha has remained extraordinarily quiet over the impasse between President Michael Sata and the Bemba Royal Establishment and neither has the House commented on the events in Western Province where many citizens including the former Ngambela, Clement Sinyinda were arrested and charged with treason but were later released on nolle prosequi.He said in a statement obtained by the Daily Nation that it did not auger well that government was seen to be promoting chaos instead of peace and development in the the two regions.
He said Zambia did not have to wait for the intervention of the United Nation (UN) to resolve the problems in Western and Northen Provinces which had a potential to develop into a major catastrophe if politically badly handled.The traditional leader said Zambia was blessed with a pool of wise and prominent citizens who if properly called upon to resolve the problems of such magnitude, would amicably resove the differences between government and the traditional leadership in the two provinces. Senior chief Nalubamba has appealed to government to quickly and collectively bring together men and women from th church and the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), political parties and the traditional leadership to find a lasting solution to the problems in the two regions.
“…and so, it will be a foolish politician who will allow and watch the probles in Wstern and Northern Provinces develop into a civil war and such would be a narrow minded leader. Zambia has a pool of wise and priminent citizens who if properly called upon could easily resolve problems of this maginitude and avoid a major catastrophe which could be caused by the silence government has exhibited. Lokking at it from a traditional point of view, the problem in both provinces are no longer the concern of the PF government alone,” senior chief Nalubamba said.
He explained that he had decided to inlude political parties in his apeal for a lasting solution to the problems in Western amd Northen Provinces to because he realised hat Zambia belonged to all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations and could therefore not aford to be narrow-minded.
“We need peace and progress and development in this country. We lose nothing as brotyhers and sisters if we swallow our pride and arrogance and fight the devil dividing us. Political parties will come and go but Zambia will always be there,” senior chief Nalubamba said.