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Southern province chiefs distance themselves from succession accusations

General News Southern province chiefs distance themselves from succession accusations

Chiefs in the southern Province have distanced themselves from accusations of planning to secede from the rest of the country.

The more than 14 Chiefs who today held a closed door meeting with southern province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu to discuss ways on how chiefs and government can clear this misunderstanding have totally refused to be associated with secession claims from some quarters.

Speaking in an interview after the meeting, Chief Hamusonde of the Tonga speaking people of Monze district who spoke on behalf of the chiefs in Southern Province said he and other chiefs in the Province have no plans to secede from the rest of the country.

He said the chiefs feel insulted to be accused of having made statements of secession plans something which they strongly denounce.

“We have called for this meeting because we want to know why we have been insulted day in and day out on the matter of secession and tribalism to which we are not party”, he said.

Chief Hamusonde said the Tonga speaking People of southern province are peace loving Zambians who embrace people across sections of society and tribe.

He said the statements running in the media on secessions are basic lies which no chief in Southern province is responsible of.

The chiefs have through the provincial Minister presented their grievances on the matter and requested that a meeting with President Lungu be scheduled to bring an end to this disturbing issue.

Meanwhile Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said the meeting with the royal highnesses has resolved not to make the contents of the meeting known to the media to avoid misrepresentation.

Mr Mubukwanu said the chiefs have however rejected any tribal sentiments attributed to them emphasizing that their wish is for the country to uphold and maintain the one Zambia one nation slogan.

“We have held a meeting with chiefs from the province at their request were various concerns have been highlighted that needs to be brought to the attention of the President”, he said.

Mr Mubukwanu however assured the chiefs that he will present the resolutions of the meeting to President Lungu as soon as possible.

The chiefs who attended the meeting include, Chief Hamusonde, Chief Sipatunyana, Chieftainess Mweenda, Chieftainess Choongo, Chief Simamba, Chief Monze, Chief Chikanta, Chief Singani, Chief Nalubamba, Chief Nyawa, Chief Mungaila, Chief Muchila, Chief Mukobela and chief Sinazongwe.

37 COMMENTS

    • Chuunda Chaitwa secession project is the wishful scheme of HH and his coterie of uncalculative desperados.

    • @Vizungu,
      At Lusaka Times anything goes, they don’t care and it’s like they all attended the same schools.

    • The same secessionists hallucinates that he wants to rule Zambia thinking Zambians can be coerced and dumb-folded with such wishful parochial Groupthink. Everywhere, you need to know and see a secessionists, there is HH the Chuunda Chaitwa secessionist kingping.

    • The Chiefs in Southern Province at no time did they advocate for secession. It was PF propaganda trying to divert from real issues. As for the meeting in Monze, I think the Tongas want to consider Thug Davies Chama’s advice and reproduce in masses. Everyone scared of HH rushes for the tribal tag. They have failed to nail him on issue based politics

    • Dont correct them with this succession, secession issue. Basic Psychology should tell you that they know the difference now, but they just want to rub it in your face that its their news website and they write what they feel. insulting them on this mistake makes no difference. so to prove that they dont care about your opinion, they rub it in your face once again, and they sit back and ask you, “so what are you going to do about it,if we make mistakes. you are still reading our news”. this is the all similar attitude of “manje uzachitapo chani olo tiluvyanye vizungu”.
      So just ignore them as well. Reverse psychology mdala.
      Damn am good!!!!kikikiki

    • When ECL started the secession talk HH was in Luapula thanking those people for their vote but the evil forces want us to believe its HH’s scheme.
      They forget that under the current chaos its very easy to organize for an uprising.
      True Zambians let’s speak out strongly against these forces before they swallow us.
      Its not by mistake that they are using the word SUCCESSION. Its what they mean. They want a wamuyaya leader.
      What do you think Jameson has been learning from Bob?

  1. Too much speculation on non-existent rumours at the expense of the more urgent and pressing issues. Total idle talk!

  2. The Day president Lungu shall rid himself from Kambwili, Kapata and some Finance minister, then the country and PF shall move forward.

  3. The people advocating for secession are selfish people with personal interests. I am sure they have the support of the Hungry Hyena HH and he would be very happy if southern province separated from Zambia so that he becomes the king .Nay the chiefs have spoken!!We have heard their position and its must be respected!The chances of HH becoming president of Zambia are becoming thinner and thinner by the day!!Shame!!!

    • CHANCES OF HH BECOMING PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC ARE BECOMING BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER BY THE DAY. WHERE UPND WAS COMING OUT A DISTANT THIRD IN THE PF STRONGHOODS,UPND IS EITHER 1ST OR SECOND, ISNT THIS EVIDENCE ENOUGH?THE WIND OF CHANGE IS BLOWING AND BLOWING SERIOUS ACROSS ZAMBIA.

    • When this secession talk was brewing HH was in Luapula thanking those people for their votes, but then the evil forces will want us to believe that he started it.
      They forget that if someone wanted to seriously secede its very easy to organize, especially in the midst of chaos as is in this country today.
      True Zambians speak out strongly against these forces before we are swallowed by them.
      & don’t think they are using the word SUCCESSION by mistake, that’s what exactly they mean. They want a one party state with a wamuyaya leader.
      What do you Jameson has been learning from Bob?

    • Wanza weyi @what a life. Even southrrn secedes, so what? Why dont u also cut off your side of zambia and rule yourselves? Voesak!

    • Stop borrowing the words of HH,Iwe chimbwi no plan.
      Why are you now panicking.After months of insulting the Tonga people,now you want to pretend like you are advocating for One Zambia One Nation?
      The country is in a mess because your tribal politics.Ulicushi and you will die inchushi.HH and his family has all the money they need.Nga iwe cimbwi?

  4. Now that we are upholding our motto, “One Zambia, One Nation”, let us also acknowledge our “National Prayer”

    “The National Prayer
    O God, the Father of all the people of the Earth
    Look with favour on us.
    And hear the prayer we make for country.
    Bless all the people of our land.
    Deliver us from evil.
    Heal our misunderstanding
    And teach us to love one another
    Give wisdom to our rulers
    And a spirit of obedience and loyalty to all our people
    We ask your fatherly guidance
    Especially for our young men and women
    Upon whom the future depends
    Guide the work of our hands
    And the decision of our leaders
    So that our country may deserve an honoured place among the nations
    Amen”

    Interestingly, even some of our leaders do not know that we have a national prayer.

    God…

  5. UPND is a party full of political amatures!!they’re daily commenting on this tribal1sm issue while in the end its their party UPND which is being painted black by being known by mass Zambians as a triba1 party!!IF UPND LEADERS WERE WISE,THEY COULD’VE WARNED ANYBODY IN UPND TALKING ABOUT THIS DIVISIVE ISSUE!!AS THINGS STAND TODAY,UPND IS SEEN BY MASS ZAMBIANS AS A TONGA PARTY SO THIS DAILY TRIBA1 TALK IS NOT HELPING THEN AT ALL!!

  6. Tonga chiefs just learn from your Barotseland chiefs. Better still just form a branch of LINYUNGANDAMBO. Your colleagues are far ahead in that issue.

  7. The secession issue is and will always be a pf project aimed at scaring people from voting for HH in 2016 election. It is a campaign gimmick,and it will not work. It only a person who is benefiting from pf failed governancy who would want the current status quo to remain beyond 2016.

  8. I agree with Chief Hamusonde. “The Tonga speaking People of southern province are peace loving Zambians who embrace people across sections of society and tribe.”
    Tongas have never started any conflict in Zambia as a tribe so why is someone now saying they want to secede? Such careless talk just divides a nation. Just to cite a few VJ has his faults but he is a friendly guy who knows only Zambia not Tongaland. Mazoka was a servant if the country whose work at ZR and AAC is of great repute, Baldwin Nkumbula was a fun loving Zambian ith Zambia’s interests at heart. Kennedy Mweene won us the Africa Cup. Need I say more?

  9. The Southern Chiefs have fallen into the trap set for them by the PF. This is just reverse psychology to water down Chama’s outrageous remarks. The alleged secession moves were just a diversionary tactic conceived by PF strategists to get the Tonga chiefs to defend themselves from factitious secession charges. If there was evidence that someone had agitated secession, Police would have already effected arrests. To my mind, it is useless to hold meetings to discuss a wrong which has received the backing of Chama’s appointing authority. If Chama and his handlers saw nothing wrong about his Tonga remarks, the proposed meetings may just be an exercise in futility. The damage caused by Chama’s tribal jibes is, as they say, irreparable.

  10. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tonga people want to secede with the way they are been treated by this PF government. This is the same reason we as a nation wanted independence from the whites to have equal opportunity to be respected, free from prejudice and treated as equal. Not to be insulted with impunity.

    The Tonga people are simply aggrieved and a simple apology from Chama or positive action ( firing Chama) from the pf government would be enough to calm the situation.

    There has never been any talk of secession of southern province from the country before and if such issues arise then we have to look at why it is happening now and hold the current government accountable.

    Anyway having read the said article I haven’t found any inference to secession, on the contrary it talks…

  11. about unity of our nation, not unity of the tongas.

    One does not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out the root cause of all of this, it is the remarks made by the pf government’s secretary generals both Chama and Mrs Phiri ( ba kacema will never rule) and the lack of action from the president who apparently is against tribalism.

    These are both high ranking officials whose job amazingly is to communicate the party’s beliefs to the public in short what the party stands for.

    It is thus surprising to find that the party officials are not aware of their boss’s mission, talk about lack of coordination when Lungu is busy denouncing tribalism while he’s secretaries are pulling in the other direction. To an outsider it may seem like the president’s anti-tribalism chants is mere…

  12. There is no need to be ashamed of secession. I like this idea, it is like music in my ears. Let southrrn province stand on its own. And i can assure u it will stand firm and strong because the tongas are hardworking, smart and enterprising. They dont need the north. All the resources are there. Land, water, cattle, power stations, vic falls, and the cheerful pipo. Why are pipo so concerned about secession? I just love the idea of secession.

  13. secession is scheme of PF government to divent attention of people from their visionless governance to a baseless rumour.Pls leave Tonga chiefs alone they are very good people.

  14. Kambwili created the cessation talk attributing it to Tonga chiefs. The chiefs don’t know anything about it. Kambwili is taking us for id!ots. I particularly dislike his tone of voice threatening fellow citizens and branding our society as them and us. Who is us and who is them?????

  15. THE TRUTH IS NO ONE IS SAYING THE TRUTH, BUT HOWEVER BE MINDFULL THAT THIS PLOY IS ALIVE AND KICKING. THE INTELLIGENCIAS ALWAYS SAY, THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO AVOID DIRECT CONFRONTATATION BY BEING DIPLOMATIC YET YOU MEAN WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. YOU CAN HAUL INSULTS ON OR AT THE TONGA SPEAKING PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU SAY BEMBAS ARE BIG THIEVES, SO WHAT? BEMBAS ARE THIEVES, EQUALLY TONGAS ARE SELFISH PEOPLE “KACHEMAS” WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM. BOTH SIDES WE ARE TIRED OF THIEVES EVENDING OUR LAND STEALING OUR ANIMAL, WHILE BEMBAS SAY WE WANT TO CONTROL THE COUNTRY BECAUSE WE ARE VERY LASY PEOPLE BUT WE CAN MANAGE TO STEAL.

  16. Surprisingly, no name has yet been advanced apart from associating issue to HH. I am smelling a rat.

  17. A child meets an elder and greets “Mwabuka nobana himaali!” his mother only says “Wena mwanana! Nikayi?” without admonishing the child immediately or addressing the offended elder but when it gets to the father “Pakumuita nazina yake ninshi mwana aluvyanya? Abwele tikambilane ngati chamubaba!”

  18. Stop bringing HH to this rubbish. PF and Chama are responsible for this. Only those who can’t think can be distracted to the facts on the ground. HH is too smart for such trivial nonsensical talk that only Chama and PF are known for. Sata was right when he called his ministers useless and that included Lungu. Why hasn’t Lung disciplined Chama so far? Why? We know he has no vision but he can deal with issues as they rise.

  19. LT, from secession, or from “SUCCESSION?” Who do they want to succeed? Please check your spellings! Succession (which you wrote) does not mean secession (which I presume you meant).

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