By SANDRA MACHIMA
POLITICIANS must not be allowed to divide the country along tribal lines, says Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika.
Prince Akashambatwa said traditional leadership had a responsibility of taking care of their subjects to ensure they were not misled by some politicians.
He said the differences among traditional leaders were ignited by some politicians to gain political support, but that the traditional rights would remain the same.
Prince Akashambatwa cautioned individuals who do not understand the traditional governance to stop misleading people to create chaos.
He said Africans had always been one but were only divided by boundaries brought about during colonialism.
He said with regard to traditional affairs in the country, the issue in Western Province was different as it carried a binding process.
Prince Akashambatwa said there was an integration that was negotiated and agreed upon, hence the need to be sensitive when dealing with such matters.
He said the recent ruling by the ConCourt on the constitutionality of the Chiefs Act cap 287 of the laws of Zambia was a fault finding aimed at undermining the traditional authority.
Prince Akashambatwa said there was no tribe called Lozi in Western Province, but that it was a group of ethnic people found in the region.
“I wonder why people would want to politicise issues of this nature when they know the truth about what transpired, the process of Barotse Agreement of 1964 was done in good faith because it involved everyone, hence we have Zambia today.
“Even the Nkoyas who say they were not part of it, should agree that Mwanawina who was actually part of the signatories was Nkoya, so what is the controversy about it,” he said.
He said the process of BA involved Mwene Mutondo, Mwene Kahare, Mwene Chiyengele and many other leaders who witnessed it.
The prince cautioned people who wanted to politicise the issue out of ignorance to stop bringing confusion and misleading people.
He said the laws of Zambia were not a creation of Barotseland, saying the region had maintained its status quo of identity and culture.