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Government will not create new chiefdom boundaries

Rural News Government will not create new chiefdom boundaries

Vice President Inonge Wina says Government will not create new boundaries for chiefdoms in the country.

The Vice President said this yesterday at Emusa Day Secondary School during a meeting with headmen and indunas of Senior Chief Magodi and Chief Phikamalaza in Chasefu District in Eastern Province.

Speaking on behalf over 100 indunas and headmen, Induna Enyegweni, Jacob Ndhlovu, told the Vice President that Government must help clear the boundary problems in the area.

“Now that you are here, there are problems from the two chiefs here. We want Government to be cleared over the chiefdom boundaries,” the Induna said.

The Induna also appealed to the Vice President to look into the water problem that people of Chasefu are facing.

“Because farming is a business, we depend on farming, we keep animals and we need dams and deep tanks,” he said

Induna Enyegweni lamented that people were using untreated water for drinking and other household needs.

In response, the Vice President clarified that the creation of new districts does not affect the boundaries of chiefdoms established in 1958.

“In the creation of new districts, Government cannot change the chiefs’ boundaries. Currently Government is still using the 1958 chiefs’ boundaries map. All these things that we are touching constituencies, wards and polling stations, there is nothing to do with chiefs boundaries,” Mrs Wina said.

However, Mrs Wina says Government is alive to the fact that the 1958 colonial maps do not take care of the increase in population and Government would consult chiefs to revisit the maps.

“We need to engage the chiefs once again because the population has increased and the boundary map we are using is from the colonial days,” she said.

The Vice President, who retained to Lusaka yesterday, says the new Minister for Water and Sanitation will soon visit Chasefu to appreciate the water problems in the distric

13 COMMENTS

  1. Government must put a seal on the Native Authorities Act of 1956 and its accompanying Native Authorities Map of 1958. This will safeguard tribal conflicts. There are many Chiefs who want to be recognized as Paramount, among them are Mukuni and Monze, Mwata Kazembe and Puta, etc. It’s like every tribe wants a Paramount Chief. We need to teach proper history in schools to explain among other things how Litunga, Mpezeni, Gawa Undi and Chitimukulu were recognized as Paramount Chiefs by the colonial government. Even the Independence History is distorted. UNIP changed so many facts to suit KK who never wanted to admit his Malawian parentage at the time. There are many freedom fighters whose efforts have been omitted because they opposed KK’s autocratic rule. We must re-write our history

    • They’ll not waste time on chiefdom boundaries when its in fact THEIFDOMS that benefit them!!! STEALING is all all there is on their minds right now.

  2. OK. I have learned something: I didn’t know Induna is also a term used in Eastern Province. I am used to reading it as a title in BuLozi Kingdom. Don’t burst my bubble. I hope we can cross-pollinate and use these terms in any case!

  3. @Kalok, these terms are now used almost everywhere. The Lamba call them sultan. Even the Lozi misrepresent their village as a Kingdom. History tells us that Lewanika, one of the 4 Paramount Chiefs, was a weak Chief that was begging the Queen to make his village a colony although Her Majesty ignored him for many years. Rhodes and Coillard cheated him that he had been recognized as King. Even himself knew that he was cheated. Read his letters to the Queen. But unlike him, Mpezeni and Chitimukulu fought the whites. They never allowed themselves to be ruled by the whites, either British, French or German. Even now some Lozi agitate to get back to being a British colony, are they not ashamed?

  4. Vice president Inonge Wina has visited one of the most neglected part of Eastern province with most marginalised chiefdoms in Zambia.
    To prove the point, vice president Inonge Wina arrived to the area by air and could only see the area from the air that may be totally different on the ground. This area share border with our neighbouring country Malawi. Almost all Zambian agricultural activities are sustained by Malawi including marketing where farmers sell their produce at more competitive prices than those offered by our Zambian government.
    This area (now Emusa District) comprises of Senior chief Magodi, chief Phikamalaza and parts of chief Mphamba has never had any tar marked road. The tar marked road from Chipata ends at Lundazi and a gravel road continues towards Chama district to…

  5. The tar marked road from Chipata ends at Lundazi and a gravel road continues towards Chama district to the north up to near Chama district where a tar marked road was constructed by PF government under late president Sata to wool Chama into Muchinga province. The reason this area road was not tarred up was to punish the people as they continued to vote for FDD mp Chifumu Banda from Emusa district. Today Emusa has a PF MP yet there is still hardly any development in that area. The problems presented to V/P Wina are real because in part, all govts have neglected the area and in particular PF govt deceived the people that if they vote a pf mp will bring development that has not been delivered.
    Today vice president Wina can only visit the area by air because she knows the area is without a…

  6. Vice president Inonge Wina has visited one of the most neglected part of Eastern province with most marginalised chiefdoms in Zambia.
    To prove the point, vice president Inonge Wina arrived to the area by air and could only see the area from the air that may be totally different on the ground. This area share border with our neighbouring country Malawi. Almost all Zambian agricultural activities are sustained by Malawi including marketing where farmers sell their produce at more competitive prices than those offered by our Zambian government.
    This area (now Emusa District) comprises of Senior chief Magodi, chief Phikamalaza and parts of chief Mphamba has never had any tar marked road. a road to drive a VIP vehicle. Such is the unfortunate situation that a Zambian population with 4…

  7. @Muna Dekhane, you’re on point. You should add that in most of these parts they use Malawian Kwacha in Zambia? Vincent Mwale can’t explain why that road has been abandoned. Most people on the stretch from Lundazi to Chama rely on Aliboo to sell their products. Chama is completely cut off in the rainy season. There’s real poverty. People survive by the grace of God. I just returned from Egichikeni. You can’t call that as gravel! It’s a bush track

  8. @1 Ayatollah, “We need to teach proper history in schools to explain among other things how Litunga, Mpezeni, Gawa Undi and Chitimukulu were recognized as Paramount Chiefs by the colonial government.”

    The above mentioned chiefs were kings before the coming of colonisers and inslavers. What the authorities in Zambia should be discussing in Zambia is to un-demean our kings/kings by reverting to their rightful titles as kings for those ‘paramount’ chiefs who were kings before the colonisers/inslavers came.

  9. @4 Ayatollah, on a lighter note, ‘Mpezeni and Chitimukulu fought the whites. They never allowed themselves to be ruled by the whites’. I think Mpezeni liked the white man’s language and named one of his villages Egichikeni village, egg/chicken instead of dzirankhuku (dzira/nkhuku) village. This village must have offered more chickens and eggs to the whites.

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