After the PF’s quarrel with Mpezeni, it came to Tongas with Chief Moonze complaining that the Lwiindi ceremony was neglected; now Nkoyas complain of neglect. Lets wait and see when it’s time for Gawa Undi’s ceremony. I am sure there will be three presidents there. Kuomboka too didn’t take place and government was silent.
Nkoyas angry with Lungu, contemplate inviting opposition to grace Kazanga
CONFUSION marred the Kazanga traditional ceremony over the weekend, with the Nkoya-speaking people of Western Province demanding the creation of Zambia’s eleventh province in which their interests will best be served. Lytone Kaushiku, the Kazanga traditional ceremony national chairperson, abandoned his prepared speech after realising that the officiating government official was going to be Western Province permanent secretary Mwangala Liomba and not President Edgar Lungu or his vice Inonge Wina. Kaushiku said that Nkoyas do not want to continue being part of Western Province as they were not in favour of the secession of the region. He said the new province to be created should be named Kafue and it should include Lukulu, Kaoma, Nkeyema as well as Luampa districts and parts of Kabompo, Mufumbwe and Kasempa districts. Kaushiku said that it was disappointing that neither President Lungu nor Vice-President Wina could find time to grace the occasion. He said if the trend continued, the organisers would only be inviting opposition leaders to officiate the event. He said Nkoyas wanted to present their grievances during the Kazanga traditional ceremony directly to the people in authority and bemoaned their absence, saying that probably opposition leaders would hear their cry. Kaushiku said this year, Kazanga was the only traditional ceremony that had been held in Western Province as the Kuomboka had failed to take place for the last three years. He said the organisers of the Kazanga traditional ceremony expected that a very senior government official would grace the occasion and were dismayed that the task was delegated to the permanent secretary. But Liomba said whoever the government sends to officiate at an event represents the President as he has the authority to delegate such duties. He said Nkoyas should accept whoever was sent to stand in for the Head of State. Liomba, who also did not read his prepared speech, said he could not officiate the event in time as he was on an assignment with first lady Esther, who was touring the province. Liomba, however, said there were lessons to be learnt from this year’s Kazanga traditional ceremony. He said the government attached great importance to such events and the welfare of chiefs in the country. This year’s Kazanga traditional ceremony was attended by several district commissioners from Western Province and three visiting chiefs, Mushima of Mufumbwe, Kalunga of Kabompo and Kabulwebulwe of Mumbwa