All southern province members of parliament, Chiefs and other stakeholders are meeting in Choma to formally reject Government’s ‘amputation’ of Chirundu and Itezhi Tezhi from Southern province.
And the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) from Mongu has sent a high powered delegation of three indunas to the Choma meeting.
Meanwhile, Chief Mukuni has dismissed lies by the government that chiefs asked the government to split Southern Province into two province. He said they just wrote to reject the moving of districts to other provinces.
Also in attendance at the meeting which has attracted more than one thousand delegates from across the province include provincial MMD chairman Edgar Keembe, provincial UPND chairman Douglas Siakalima, Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe as well as senior MMD and UNPD officials.
All the eleven districts in southern province including Siavonga, Chirundu and Itezhi Tezhi are represented.
When he opened the meeting at Choma sports club this morning, Southern province Royal Foundation chairperson, chief Mukuni dispelled distortions by the ruling PF that the stakeholders’ meeting was politically driven by the United Party for National Development who were also being accused of sponsoring it.
He said government wrote a letter to the royal foundation requesting that a stakeholders meeting be convened to discuss the splitting of southern province into two. Chief Mukuni said all MPs, chiefs and other stakeholders who were attending the meeting have met their travel and lodging expenses.
He said he had provided a mini-bus to transport Livingstone delegates who included Livingstone MMD MP Lukulo Katombola with his Kazungula UPND counterpart Derick Livune.
Chief Mukuni who read the letter written to president Sata by the Royal Foundation said at no time did the foundation state that it wanted the province split into two.
He said rather the letter requested the president to rescind his decision to realign Chirundu and Itezhi tezhi to Lusaka and central province respectively.
Chief Mukuni said the foundation in the letter had also raised concern on the appointment of party cadres as District Commissioners.
Chief Mukuni said today’s meeting will solely discuss the reinstatement of the two realignment of districts and not the proposed splitting of the province into two.
Chief Mukuni also produced a letter purported to have been written by David Diangamo and other unknown people addressed to President Sata in which they wrote the president to create a province to be known as Kafue province.