Southern Province secession talk ridiculous,where will they secede to?

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu during the official opening of the African AU Committee of Ten Heads of State Summit on the UN Reforms of the Security Council at David Livingstone Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia on Friday, May 9,2015 -PICTURE BY EDDIE MWANALEZA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu has castigated individuals inciting the people of Southern Province to secede from Zambia because of remarks allegedly attributed to Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama.
President Lungu said some people in Southern Province are advocating secession from Zambia because of an unpalatable statement allegedly made by Mr Chama.


Speaking on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from Malawi yesterday, President Lungu said it is ridiculous and unacceptable to talk of secession because the people of Southern Province can sit down and dialogue with Mr Chama, the PF, and him (President Lungu) as President to find out what he is thinking.


“Fifty-one years down the line we are saying let’s build on what our forefathers left. Unity, development and economic emancipation of our people so you can only succeed to bring us together. If I offend you by calling you a name, you can’t say that you want to secede because I called you a name,” President Lungu said.


President Lungu wondered why some people of Southern Province held a meeting at a traditional ceremony and called for secession because Mr Chama has not retracted his statement.
“Traditional ceremonies are about uniting people. Lwiindi ceremony is about uniting, Ncwala ceremony is about uniting, the Umutomboko ceremony is about uniting people. All the traditional ceremonies are about uniting people.


“So those who met yesterday [Monday] and said that they will secede from Zambia, where will they secede to? There is no room for secession.
“If the chiefs are aggrieved by Mr Chama’s remarks, let them see me so that we can discuss,” President Lungu said.


He warned that without unity, there will be no advancement of national development in any way.
“As we celebrate Heroes Day, we should know that you cannot be heroes when there is no unity.
“The way we are doing politics in Zambia suggests that we are on the verge of disintegration unless we look to the past to see how people forged ahead as one,” he said.
President Lungu said the `One Zambia One Nation’ motto means that one could be in the opposition or ruling party but look into the future as one.


He said, however, that some people think that they can assume office by dividing the nation.
President Lungu said Zambians will reject those who want to be Presidents at all cost and they will remain as “zeros instead of heroes”.
“We know that it is clear that some people really want power by all means. It is only the united Zambia, which can put one in State House,” he said.


President Lungu said a divided Zambia will not succeed and that leaders should endeavor to play down things like tribalism even if they want to be republican President.
He also said that people who want to rule and preside over others should be prepared to listen to the majority of the people.


  1. Mr.President is the one who want to divide this country by way of keeping quite over the statement uttered by PF SG Chama against the tonga people of southern province. The vice president while in L/stone also said that a comprehensive statement would be issued over the same matter but to the surprise of the tonga peopl nothing has been said yet 3weeks now down the line.

  2. The president of the Republic of Zambia should address the issue of Davies Chama as President and commander in Chief and not as a PF cadre. Certain issues are too serious to be belittled. Who is Davies Chama for the Tonga Chiefs to dialogue with?