GOVERNMENT should seriously address the issues emanating from Western Province which appear to have reached alarming levels, says Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) executive director Borniface Cheembe.
He said demands by Nkoyas to have their own 11th province was a source of worry and should not be given a deaf ear.
Mr Cheembe appealed to the Government to take note of these demands and continue to engage all the stakeholders in the province so that there was peace.
“As SACCORD we have taken note of different demands by various tribes in Western Province to have their own province, and this should be addressed as a matter of urgency for the sake of peace in the country,” he said.
Mr Cheembe said the Zambians should feel privileged that the first Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda was still there, who could be relied upon, to give counsel on troubling national matters such as the Barotseland issue.
“We welcome Dr Kaunda’s comments on blessing Zambians with peace and all Zambians that love peace must support such pronouncements,’ he said.
Mr Cheembe said Dr Kaunda must give direction on the matter in the same way he released the nation, its people from negative forces made against the country.
He said Zambia should remain a peaceful nation and that its citizens should be privileged because it was a democratic nation.
Mr Cheembe said it was for this reason that the Government should engage the people of Western Province to bring to an end the problems on ground.
His comment follows calls by the Nkoyas of Kaoma to establish an 11th province so that they were separated from Western province, on allegations that they were undermined by the Lozis.
But the Barotse Royal Establishment said the demand that Western Province should be delimited into two provinces to provide for the Lozis and the Nkoyas was a non-starter because the two tribes were one under the Litunga.