DELIMITING Western Province into two parts based on intra-tribal differences does not argur well for the country’s peace and stability,, says Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia executive director Pukuta Mwanza.
He has called on the Government to immediately intervene in the Western Province for the sake of peace and stability in the country.
Reverend Mwanza said both the church and the Government must address the sitaution before it spreads to other parts of the country.
He said Zambia was a peaceful nation and that its people should lead by example to foster unity in the country.
“The nation has for many years enjoyed tribal relations and it is because of that history that has bound us together as one, and minor differences between the tribes cannot be allowed to lead the country into chaos,” Rev. Mwanza said.
He appealed to the traditional leadership to learn to resolve their diffrences amicably instead of inciting their people to rise against each other, a situation which was worrisome.
Rev. Mwanza said the church would not support or allow people who wanted to do things with impunity that would end up hurting innocent citizens.
The clergyman said there was no tribe in Zambia that was superior to the other, noting that if it were the case, then Zambia could have not reached where it was today.
“No tribe should be treated as if it is superior than the other because all the tribes are equal, and diffrences based on intra-tribe must not be there if peace and stability is to be maintained,” he said.
Rev Mwanza said the current misunderstandings in Western Province needed serious attention to bring to an end the confusion adding that everyone should be treated equally.
“As the church we are eager to pray for the nation and the current situation in Westersn Province because if the situation is not checked, it is bound to spread to all parts of the country,” he said.
The clergyman’s comments follow a controvesry that has risen in Western Province where Nkoyas were calling for the delimitation of the province into two on account that they felt mistreated by the Lozis.