Government wishes to strongly warn advocates of secession of Southern Province from the rest of Zambia that they will face the full wrath of the law if they continue with their schemes because their plans are treasonable.
Zambia is a united and indivisible country and will remain so and any talk of secession borders on treason as per law established.
The Preamble of the Republican Constitution states:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA by our representatives, assembled in our Parliament, having solemnly resolved to maintain Zambia as a Sovereign Democratic Republic.
The Preamble also states that Zambians:
RESOLVE to uphold the values of democracy, transparency, accountability and good governance;
AND FURTHER RESOLVE that Zambia shall forever remain a unitary, indivisible, multi-party and democratic sovereign state.
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.
This Government will not tolerate acts that are a serious breach of national security and the Constitution of the land and wishes to warn the culprits that under Zambian Laws they are committing a felony.
CHAPTER SEVEN of the Penal Code under (c) is very clear that;
(1) A person is guilty of treason and shall be liable to suffer death who (c) prepares 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.
Government, therefore, warns those who attended the meeting in Southern Province that they will be answerable for their actions.
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 crash any subversive elements in any part of the country.
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.
The orchestrators of these schemes, however, are a frustrated lot that want to form their Government using unconventional and unconstitutional means after failed attempts to win elections.
But Zambia is a democracy where anyone aspiring for leadership should present themselves when elections are due and test their popularity. Therefore, any actions outside these set standards will attract stern punitive action and the people who met on Monday in Southern Province to orchestrate secession are reminded of that.
These people need to be reminded that at 50 years, Zambians are politically mature and cannot entertain politics based on regionalism and tribalism.
Zambia has remained an oasis of peace for time immemorial and no one should be allowed to disrupt the peace and tranquility which have earned the country world-wide respect and admiration.
Government, therefore, calls on all well meaning Zambians to dismiss the secession talk from Southern Province with the contempt it deserves.
The talk is an affront to Zambia’s modern political dispensation which allows for plurality, diversity and equal participation of all Zambians in the affairs of the country.
Government, under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, re-affirms its commitment to building an inclusive, united and prosperous Zambia for all.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTNG SERVIES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
8th July, 2015