It is unfair and unfortunate for the Nkoya Royal Council (NRC) to demand that President Edgar Lungu should reserve some positions for Nkoyas so that they can also have representation in the governance system, says Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili.
He said the statement attributed to the NRC chairperson David Tamboka was against the spirit of inclusiveness and unity which the PF Government under President Chagwa Lungu had set out to build.
Mr Kambwili who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said this yesterday in a press statement issued in Lusaka.
“It ought to be stressed that Government is an embodiment of the collective will and wellbeing of the nation in which all the citizens have an equal say and stake.
“It is, therefore, unfortunate for anyone to promote tribally or regionally inclined statements as that has potential to create disunity and disharmony in the country,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said Government held the traditional leadership in high esteem and therefore it was its expectation that the NRC, like others in the country, would remain as reservoirs of peace and unity in the country. He said Government had a duty to serve the interest of all Zambians regardless of tribe, status or station in life.
Yesterday, Mr Tamboka accused President Lungu of favouring one particular tribe in Western Province in the appointments of people to various positions. He urged Government to reserve some positions for Nkoyas as well so that they could also have representation in the Governance system.