A traditional leader in Western Province has called for government’s intervention in land wrangles involving former Angolan refugees and Zambians on the Angola / Zambia border.
Chief Sitenge of the Lozi speaking people of Kalabo district says Zambians along the border were living in fear because of wrangles over land with repatriated Angolan refugees who were coming back to farm on the Zambian side.
Chief Sitenge noted that his subjects had nowhere to farm because the former refugees were claiming back the land they lived on prior to repatriation.
ZANIS reports from Kalabo that the traditional ruler said this in an interview at his palace , today.
He said Kutapa village was the most invaded area in Siluwe, a border town between Zambia and Angola.
The Chief appealed to the ministry of Home Affairs to help resolve land wrangles before lives are lost.
“There is serious fighting between my people and former Angolan refugees because the refuges have come back to claim the land which they lived on before they were repatriated. These people are now considered illegal immigrates.
“ I want government to come in and assist us, I sense danger if nothing is done immediately,” Chief Sitenge appealed.
This is the third time the chief has appealed to the ministry of Home affairs on the need to tighten security at the Zambia/Angola border post because of allegedly misunderstandings between residents of the two nations.
Earlier this year the chief also complained of the health posts being invaded by Angola nationals, but to date nothing has been done.