HH calls for dialogue on Barotseland problem

United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema has called for serious dialogue between government and those with concerns over the 1964 Barotse agreement.

Mr. Hichilema said that there is need to treat every Zambian with respect regardless of their tribal grouping.

He said that calls for the restoration of the 1964 Barotse agreement are not the best answer to the problems the people of Western province may be facing.

Mr. Hichilema was speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka tuesday.

But President Rupiah Banda strongly supports the arrest of members of the Barotse Freedom Movement.

Mr Banda says people who resort to violence to champion any cause deserve to be arrested and that those with concerns on the Barotse issue should seek dialogue instead of instigating violence.

The President also said he does not understand why some individuals are panicking over the Barotse issue.

Police have since apprehended three ring leaders in the Barotse Freedom Movement for questioning in connection with Saturday’s riots in Mongu.

The two are identified as Grace Muyangana Likando aged 38 and Muyangana Muyangana aged 42 while the third person has not been named.

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