President Edgar Lungu should release the Roger Chongwe-led commission of inquiry report on the Mongu shootings for the sake of transparency, says former Transport minister William Harrington.
Mr Harrington said the step taken by President Lungu to release tribunal findings and recommendations on the two suspended Ndola High Court judges had shown transparency and good leadership.
He said the President should be commended for making known the findings and recommendations of the tribunals, because taxpayers money were used in constituting the commission.
“I want to commend President Lungu for a job well done in releasing the tribunal findings and recommendations on the two suspended High Court judges. We want him to as well release the Roger Chongwe commission of inquiry report on the Mongu killings, in the interest of transparency and peace in the country,” he said.
Mr Harrington said it would be prudent that the findings and the recommendations of the commission of inquiry were publicized in public interest.
He said the Dr Chongwe commission of inquiry was a source of concern because lives were lost during the 2012 Mongu riots as a result of the controversial Barotse Agreement of 1964, adding that to date some of the people were allegedly still not accounted for following the fracas.
Mr Harrington said there was need for President Lungu to immediately resolve the issues surrounding Barotseland in the interest of sustaining peace and stability in the country.
He said there were burning issues that needed to be dealt with immediately, adding that the President’s recent promise to meet the people of Barotseland would be a solution to the situation.
“As the President is discharging his duties, he must bear in mind that there are pressing issues that must be addressed immediately and should not wait for tomorrow, which might be too late,” he said.
Mr Harrington said it was worrisome that the issue of Barotse Agreement of 1964 was treated as “treasonable” when it was not, because it was a signed document.
“Secession does not arise in these issues, but it could only be a consequence if the Government fails to honour the agreement,” he said.
Mr Harrington said the document was crucial not only to Zambia’s democratic dispensation, but also the nation’s future peace and stability as well.
He said Zambians would be able to make up their minds and decide if they knew what was recommended by the inquiry.