The PF government has warned of stern action against advocates of secession of Southern Province. On Tuesday, president Edgar Lungu said it was rudiclous for people of Southern province to be angered by insults from PF secretary General Davies Chama.
Chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said Just because his government has tolerated Lozis who what to secede from Zambia does not mean they shall tolerate Tongas as well.
Kambwili said schemes by people advocating secession of Southern Province are treasonable.
Kambwil said this at a press briefing at his residence in Lusaka yesterday.
“Zambia is a united and indivisible country and will remain so and any talk of secession borders on treason as per law established,” Kambwili said.
Kambwili said Government is, therefore, disappointed that a small clique purporting to represent the wider majority of people of Southern Province want to ride on one individual’s comments to justify why they should secede from the unitary state of Zambia.
He said Government will not tolerate acts that are a serious breach of national security and the constitution of the land.
Kambwili also warned that the culprits are committing a felony under Zambian laws.
“The penal code is very clear that a person is guilty of treason and shall be liable to suffer death for preparing or endeavours to procure by force the setting up of an independent state in any part of Zambia or the secession of any part of Zambia from the republic,” he said.
Kambwili said Government has, therefore, warned that those who attended the meeting in Southern Province will be answerable for their actions.
He said the mere fact that Government has tolerated similar dissent in other parts of the country does not amount to weakness on the part of the State.
“Government will apply the full force of the law to crush any subversive elements in any part of the country,” he said.
He said Government believes the people of Southern Province as a whole have never been obsessed with power to the extent that they would envision separation from the rest of Zambia.
He, however, said the orchestrators of these schemes are a frustrated lot that want to form their government using unconventional and unconstitutional means after failed attempts to win elections.
Mr Kambwili called on all well-meaning Zambians to dismiss the secession talk with the contempt it deserves.