Land wrangles worry SATA

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Sata speaks at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Lusaka
Sata speaks at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Lusaka

President Michael Sata says he is worried about chieftaincy boundary and succession wrangles that have rocked various chiefdoms.

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And President Sata says government regards as its partners in national development.

The President said this in a speech read for him by Vice President Guy Scott during the installation of Senior Chief Kalindawalo of the Nsenga people in Petauke on Wednesday.

President Sata says the installation of the new chief will strengthen the peace in Eastern Province while development will progress smoothly.

He says Chiefs should stand up and be equal to the task in developing the country.

President Sata says the government will continue developing the countryside by constructing roads, hospitals, schools and other social amenities.

Deputy Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Susan Kawandami says government is eager to take development to all chiefdoms.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of Nsenga chiefs, Chief Nyampande thanked President SATA for gazetting Michael Tembo as senior chief Kalindawalo.

He says Nsenga’s are extremely elated with the new chieftaincy.

Chief Nyampande has praised government for what he termed bringing back the lost glory of the Nsenga chieftaincy.

He also praised government for embarking on infrastructure development like roads.

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Amd a land wrangle is brewing between former Angolan refugees and Zambians on the Zambia -Angola border in Kalabo District.

And Chief Sitenge of the Lozi speaking people of Kalabo district has called for urgent government intervention to resolve the land wrangle.

The Chief disclosed to ZANIS that Zambians are fighting with the repatriated Angolans over land because the foreigners are coming back to farm on the Zambian side.

Chief Sitenge has noted that his subjects had nowhere to farm because the former refugees were claiming back the land they lived on prior to their repatriation.

He says Kutapa village was the most invaded area in Siluwe, a border area between Zambia and Angola.

The Chief appealed to the ministry of Home Affairs to help resolve land wrangles before lives are lost.

The traditional leader said government should move in to clamp down former refugees who should be considered illegal immigrates.

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 misunderstandings between residents of the two nations.

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