BRE defends Presidential appointments


IT is the prerogative of the President to appoint whom he likes in his governance system, says the Barotse Freedom Movement national secretary, Chazele Mulasikwanda.

Reacting to the Nkoyas’ remarks that President Edgar Lungu was only appointing the Lozis in his governance, Mr Mulasikwanda said the Nkoyas should be sincere and that a tribe had nothing to do with appointments.

Mr Mulasikwanda said it was wrong for some people to still looking at tribes as the basis for appointments instead of looking at qualifications.

He said it was because of such people that tribalism was being promoted in the country.

Mr Mulasikwanda said there was no compromise on the issue of Barotseland whether they were people working with the government of the day or coming from Western Province. He said the Zambian Government was not favouring any particular tribe in Western Province, but that President Lungu was privileged to appoint people of his choice.

“We cannot stop the Zambian President to appoint people of his choice, and it doesn’t matter who he chooses because it is his choice, and this should not be linked to anything regarding the current situation Barotseland,” he said.

Mr Mulasikwanda urged the Nkoyas to be sincere when it comes to issues of national unity as such remarks were bound to divide the people.

Last week, the Nkoyas of Kaoma district in Western Province accused President Lungu of being a tribalist for allegedly appointing the Lozis in Western Province at the expense of other ethnic groups.

Nkoya Royal Council chairman David Tamboka said the Government was siding with only one tribe in the district at the expense of others, which he said was not fair.

He said Western Province represented many tribes and that Lozi was not the only tribe in the region which was always recognized.

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