…We do not want to be under Lozi domination
PRESSURE is mounting on the Government to create a new province for the Nkoya Royal Establishment to pacify on-going rivalry with the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).
The Nkoyas feel marginalized and unnecessarily embroiled in the current Barotseland Agreement (BA) with which they disagree with and have no part to play.
Nkoya Royal Council chairman David Tamboka said that once Western Province was divided into two, the BA will be a thing of the past.
He challenged Government to separate Nkeyema, Luampa, Lukulu, Kaoma, Mitete and Itezhi Tezhi districts from the rest of the province.
Mr. Tamboka said that people should not forget that Western Province had two regions-the Barotseland and the Nkoya land.
He said although thee Nkoyas were the major stakeholders in Western Province, they had forgotten about cessation because they knew that it was a non-issue immediately after independence.
Mr. Tamboka said cessation of Western Province from the rest of Zambia was a backward way of thinking and should never be encouraged.
“We cannot have people advocating a separate state in this era, such calls must not be encouraged by Zambians. President Edgar Lungu is working tirelessly to develop the economy of this country in his bid to see that the country achieves greater heights,” he said.
Mr Tamboka said the Nkoyas will always support the leadership of President Lungu because it was inclusive and unifying.
“This country belongs to everyone and the issue of the 1964 Barotseland agreement died immediately after independence and should be forgotten. Those still talking about the Barotseland Agreement must just forget because it died immediately the country gained independence in 1964,” he said.
“This country belongs to everyone and if anything people must not forget that there were two nations, the Barotseland and the Nkoyaland. Actually Nkoyas were the major stakeholders in Western Province. The Barotseland issue died immediately after the country gained independence in 1964 so it must just be forgotten,” he said.
There have been some activists in Western Province who have been calling for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement.
Others in Western Province have been calling for the cessation of the region because of Government’s alleged failure to honour the agreement.