Mbundas says they have no plans to block roads in Barotseland

The Mbunda speaking people have dismissed reports that they plan to block roads between Western province towns on Monday.

On Saturday, a Lusaka based radio station aired a story that Mbundas are against the restoration of Barotseland and are calling on the PF government to move in quickly and deal with people calling for cessation.

The Radio station quoted an individual purporting to be a member of the Cheke Cha Mbunda in Western province  as saying that if the government does not move in, Mbundas will block roads in protest.

Cheke Cha Mbunda is the official information wing of the Mbunda speaking people.

But National chairperson of the Cheke Cha Mbunda Ndandula Libingi told the Watchdog in a phone interview that his association is not aware of such plans.

He said the announcement must be coming from a disgruntled person who is trying to tarnish the name of Mbundas.

“At the moment I am Manyinga in Kabompo. I have talked to our district and provincial chairpersons in Western, Northwestern and Itetezyi-Tezyi. There is nothing of that sort. I met Senior Chief Sikufela and there is nothing of that sort’, explained Libingi.

Libingi said his association has nothing to do with violence and that all information relating to activities of Mbunda people are issued through his association. His said any information like the present one issued by anyone else is wild.

Libingi however said his association is in support of government process to resolve the issue of the Barotseland.

He said the Mbunda people’s position is clear and was explained when they submitted to the Roger Chongwe Commission of Inquiry.

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