PROPAGATORS of the secession of Southern Province will face treason charges, Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has warned.
Mr Kamwbili, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said Zambia is legally a unitary and indivisible State.
Mr Kambwili said any talk bordering on secession was treasonable and those contemplating the idea would face the law.
President Edgar Lungu said on Tuesday in Lusaka that there was a clique of individuals that were talking about seceding Southern Province under the guise of tribal utterances attributed to Patriotic Front secretary general Davies Chama.
The PF secretary general is alleged to have told the Tongas to use their polygamous lives to have more children so that they could produce a President in the next 100 years.
Mr Kambwili said at a briefing in Lusaka yesterday the Government would not tolerate any acts that were a serious breach of national security.
“Zambia is a united and indivisible country and will remain so and any talk of secession borders on treason as per law established. Government will apply the full force of the law to crash any subversive elements in any part of the country,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said the fact that Government had tolerated similar dissent in other parts of the country did not amount to weakness on its part.
He observed that Zambia had remained an oasis of peace since time immemorial and thus no one should be allowed to disrupt the tranquility which had earned worldwide respect and admiration.
“Tell them (secession perpetrators) that this is the final warning to such individuals. I have said there will be no exclusion. Anybody, in any part of Zambia talking about secession will be faced with the full wrath of the law, no exception,” he said.
Meanwhile Chief Chikanta of Kalomo in Southern Province said the traditional leaders had arranged a meeting with Provincial Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu to discuss Mr Chama’s remarks.
“In fact, we welcome the message by the President that we can see him if we aggrieved and this is exactly what we want, that is why we are meeting the Minister on Friday,” he said.
“For your own information, even ourselves as traditional leaders cannot accept to secede because Zambia is one country; what we want is something to be done over Mr Chama’s remarks because if we leave it like that tomorrow it will be someone else doing the same thing.”
Chief Chikanta said traditional leaders in the province were ready to see President Lungu and express their displeasure about the remarks by PF chief executive officers.