Government has apologized to Chief Mwinuma of the Lamba people of Mpongwe over the manner in which he was picked by police for allegedly inciting his subjects to beat up Electoral Commission of Zambia officials and Police officers.
Chief Mwinuma and his son Kankomba were picked by police for allegedly inciting his subjects to beat up Electoral Commission of Zambia officials and Police officers conducting the voter registration exercise.
According to Central Province Police Commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi the officials were allegedly harassed for kicking off the voter registration exercise without paying a courtesy call on the Chief.
Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili, who held a closed door meeting with the traditional leader at the Mpongwe District Administration, assured the traditional leader that the incident will not repeat itself.
Earlier this month, Chief Mwinuma was arrested by Police and questioned for allegedly organizing residents to beat up Electoral Commission of Zambia officials who went to Ngabwe to conduct voter registration exercise.
Meanwhile Mr Kambwili, who is also Information Minister, has called for dialogue among all stakeholders to resolve wrangles surrounding the creation of Ngabwe District in Central Province.
Ngabwe in central province was declared a district by the late President Michael Sata in 2013 but various stakeholders among them four chiefs have differed over the new boundaries created as a result of the new status.
The Minister said this when he officiated at this year’s Lesa Nkushe traditional ceremony of the Bulima people of Chieftainess Lesa of Mpongwe District.
Earlier, Lesa Nkushe Organizing Committee Chairperson Rasford Bulaya urged Mr Kambwili to ask President Edgar Lungu to convene a meeting with Chiefs Mwinuma, Mukubwe, Machiya and NGABWE to resolve the issue.
Mr Bulaya said a round table meeting for all the concerned Chiefs is the best way of resolving the boundary dispute because the situation in Ngabwe is tense and if not well handled, could lead to bloodshed.