President Edgar Lungu’s visit to Western Province will be an opportunity for both the Nkoyas and Mbundas to express their concerns, to bring to an end to the squabbles surrounding them, says Nkoya National Council chairman David Tamboka.
Mr Tamboka said the President must be able to meet all the groups when he visits Western Province so that he could personally get their views.
He claimed that they were individuals who were fond of blocking people from expressing their views to the Head of State, saying this should not be the case.
Mr Tamboka said the Nkoyas and Mbundas were facing challenges in Western Province which needed the President’s attention.
He said President Lungu was a President for all and no one should intimidate citizens who wanted to meet him so that they talked to him personally.
Mr Tamboka said the people of Kaoma in particular were keen to be visited by the Head of State, adding that that was the only opportunity for them to deliver their grievances on the alleged persecution they were facing in the province. “We pray that the President will have an opportunity to be in the Mankoyaland in Kaoma to meet our chiefs so that they can express their views regarding the challenges their people were subjected to,” he said.
The Nkoyas have been calling for their own province and are still demanding that the Government delimits Western Province into two provinces.
President Lungu is expected in Western Province to commission some of the ongoing developmental projects.
Western Province Minister Poniso Njeulu disclosed to the Daily Nation that the people of Western province were happy to receive the Head of State because of the massive developments going on in the area. He said the visit of President Lungu to Western Province was a plus with regards to the current developmental projects going on in the area. “People here have changed here and they are happy with what they see through the infrastructure development that has been brought closer to them through the efforts made by the PF Government,” Mr Njeulu said.
He said developmental projects in Western Province had prompted many people in the area to realize that the PF government was the only party that could bring meaningful development.
Mr Njeulu cited among other development projects roads that were under construction such as Mongu-Kalabo, Sioma- Matebele and the Katunda-Lukulu roads.