Post newspaper headline was treasonable, says government

Government says Thursday’s edition of the Post Newspaper Headline was calculated to incite hatred among Zambia’s ethic groups.

Chief Government Spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha says the headline aimed at causing people in Western Province to rise against the Government.

Lieutenant General Shikapwasha who is also Information Minister, says Government takes exception to the headline which reads “23 LOZI’S on Treason”, which refers to individuals through their supposed ethnic group.

General Shikapwasha says Zambians have enjoyed peace and unity since 1964 and only people that are not peace loving can openly advocate for secession through cheap tactics.

He says Government will continue to respect and protect the roles of the media in promoting peace, unity, stability and development among the citizens and urged the media to be mindful of their social responsibility.

He says this in a statement released to ZNBC News in Lusaka yesterday, Thursday.

And General Shikapwasha says Government has re-stated its stand and commitment towards maintaining Zambia as one nation.

General Shikapwasha says the territorial integrity of the Nation is non-negotiable.

He says Government has a duty to protect its citizens and property and will not be diverted in carrying out its mandate.

Meanwhile the Kazanga Cultural Association has refuted reports that some Nkoya speaking people tried to overthrow sub-chief Mufaya of Kaoma district and replace him with a Nkoya.

National Chairman for the Kazanga Cultural Association, Lytone Kaushiku says the people who were apprehended were merely celebrating changes made by Chief Mwene Mutondo on his Indunas.

Mr. Kaushiku says Mr. Mufaya was not a chief, but an Induna who has been replaced and a letter was even sent to him, informing him about the changes.

He has therefore appealed to the Inspector General of Police to release the arrested people as they were not connected in any way to recent events that occurred in Mongu.

Mr Kaushiku was reacting to a statement issued by Inspector General of Police Francis Kabonde, Wednesday evening stating that 23 people were arrested by police in Kaoma for attempting to overthrow a Lozi sub-chief and replace him with a Nkoya.

And Senior Executive Member of the Nkoya Royal Establishment, Shita Mayankwa says Nkoyas are not part of the group agitating the breakaway of Western Province from the rest of the country.

Mr. Mayankwa says the Nkoya speaking people were not even among the parties that signed the Barotseland Agreement.


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