THE Ngonis of Eastern Province are not violent people and will always strive to promote togetherness, says Paramount Chief Mpezeni.
Chief Mpezeni said he had accepted an apology from Government over the tear gassing incident and was looking forward to resolving the problems his subjects were facing in Chipangali.
“This is the beginning of the solution to the problem affecting the people which he wanted to deal with in Chipangali in the first place,” said Paramount Chief Mpezeni through his chief induna George Zulu.
He was happy that Government had realised and noted the problem in Chipangali and his commitment to addressing the stand-off between the Chewas and the Ngonis.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni said Ngonis were not a violent tribe, adding that he did not take pride in seeing people suffering when solutions were available.
“Now that the Government has realised and apologized that they will join us to sort out the problem it is a comforting development. The people in the area want to continue to co-exist and we must have Government encouraging the people to live together,” he said.
And Paramount Chief Mpezeni said it was sad that senior officers in the police in the province were accusing him of having lied that they did not teargas the people who had gathered waiting for him to address them.
He said his programme or agenda was to resolve the land wrangles between the Chewas and the Ngonis who reside in that area.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni said he was not interested in quarreling with Government, adding that he wanted Government to function and warned people who wanted to take advantage of the stand-off to gain political mileage.
The traditional leader also appealed for calm in Chipangali as he did not take pride in violence whatsoever.
Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili apologized to the chief over the manner police officers conducted themselves on Sunday by using teargas canisters to disperse people who had gathered to be addressed by the traditional leader.
Police also stopped Paramount Chief Mpezeni from attending the meeting, saying it was for his own security reasons.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Eugene Sibote denied having used tear gas canisters to disperse people in Chipangali.