United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema and United Liberal Party (ULP) President Sakwiba Sikota have jointly advised the patriotic front government not to treat people of western province as children of a lesser God.
The two say there is no need for the government to behave as if they are doing the people of Western province a favor but it should realize that they are equally entitled to the benefits other provinces are enjoying.
Sikota says dialogue is the only sensible and reasonable way forward for the country.
At a joint press briefing held at Pamodzi hotel this morning, Hichilema and Sikota advised the Patriotic Front government not to treat people of western province as children of a lesser God.
Commenting on the deployment of troops to Western province ahead of tomorrow’s Barotseland meeting, the opposition leaders said the move was unfair. They said the deployment of soldiers in the province was unhealthy.
The two said there is no need for the government to behave as if they are doing the people of Western province a favor but it should realize that they are equally entitled to the benefits other provinces are enjoying.
They said there was no need to spend billions of kwacha on a commission of inquiry into the causes of last year’s Mongu riots.
They added the money should have been used to facilitate the dialogue that people wish instead of wasting it through a commission of inquiry.
They have since advised the patriotic front government to develop a plan that will help accelerate development in the province.
He said the huge presence of the police in Western Province ahead of Barotse National Council was reminiscent of the South Africa’s Sharpville massacre.
And the UPND leader has promised to deal with the issues raised in the Post newspaper regarding the perceived illness of President Sata, later in the week.
Mr. Hichilema said he was not aware of the happenings at home as he has just arrived from abroad.