PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Joseph Katema to coordinate with the House of Chiefs and resolve the impasse between chiefs Ishindi and Ndungu over the language stand-off between the two chiefdoms.
He said this yesterday when he addressed scores of Solwezi residents and party officials from the PF, MMD and UPND who gathered at Solwezi Airport to welcome him when he made a brief stop-over enroute to Ikelengi.
The Head of State said he was worried that the two traditional leaders could not co-exist despite sharing borders, adding that he wanted a special committee to be formed to sort out the problem amicably.
“I have instructed the Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs and the House of Chiefs to form a committee and resolve the problems in Zambezi involving two chiefs, Ndungu and Ishindi.
I am not going to interfere into the affairs of traditional leaders and that is why I want the minister to go Zambezi and investigate the issue,” President Lungu said.
He however warned that he would not take kindly to leaders perpetrating anarchy by advancing tribal sentiments in the country and refused to take sides with any of the two chiefs who have been quarrelling over which language should be used as a medium of teaching in schools in North Western Province.
President Lungu explained that acts such as what was happening in Zambezi had the potential to fuel anarchy in the country, warning that he would not allow it because he was in charge and was providing leadership to all Zambians.
Earlier, North-Western Provincial Minister Dawson Kafwaya said the province was happy with President Lungu’s leadership, adding that the people wanted to work with him beyond 2016.
President Lungu is tomorrow expected in Mwinilunga where he will also feature on Kabangabanga Radio station to discuss many issues affecting the region and the country as a whole.
He will leave North Western Province on Sunday after attending a church service.
The President said he will use his stay in the province to interact with as many people as possible.