President Michael Sata says he is committed to addressing what he calls ‘the main causes of discontent in Western province.’
In a statement signed by his spokesperson George Chella but sent to the Watchdog by his chief analyst for press Amos Chanda, Sata said he is confident that the nine-member Commission of Inquiry he appointed to investigate the January 14 Mongu disturbances will pave the way for an amicable settlement of the problems in Western Province.
“I have no doubt that the high professional and personal integrity of the commission chairperson Dr Roger Chongwe, SC, and his team will help bring about an agreeable and peaceful settlement to this matter,’’ read part of the statement.
During his campaigns for the presidency, Sata promised to restore the Barotseland agreement of 1964.
But the statement from statehouse is careful on the issue of Barotseland’ It only says:
‘The President said he remains committed to addressing the main causes of public discontent in Western Province thus the Barotse Agreement.’
It is not yet clear what has prompted this almost empty statement from State House but could be linked to the naming of the interim government in Barotseland.
The statement from state house also says ‘Chief Justice Ernest Sakala will tomorrow, October 12, 2011, swear-in members of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the extra-judicial killings of civilians during the Mongu demonstrations.’
‘The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 15:00 hours at the Supreme Court and thereafter the commissioners will proceeed to State House to pay a courtesy call on the Head of State.’