State engages Ngonis, Chewas


VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government has engaged paramount chiefs Mpezeni of the Ngoni and Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa in dialogue to help resolve a misunderstanding on location and representation of subjects.
Mrs Wina said in Parliament yesterday that President Lungu is also constantly in talks with the two traditional rulers to help them continue living in harmony.
The Vice-President was responding to a question from Chadiza member of Parliament (MP) Allan Mbewe (MMD), who wanted to find out if Government was aware of the dispute between the Ngonis and Chewas in Eastern Province and what the cause was.
“What happened was a slight misunderstanding, which is normal in any given community,” she said.
Speaking for Mrs Wina, deputy minister in her office, Stephen Kampyongo, said Government is not aware of any dispute between the two tribes, adding that what transpired last month was just a slight misunderstanding.
She said the issue was blown out of proportion by some sections of the media which ended up misleading members of the public.
Mrs Wina called on the media to be responsible to help promote and protect harmony in the country.
“The two tribes are living in harmony just like they have done since time immemorial,” she said.
She said the House of Chiefs has been engaged, through the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, to help resolve the misunderstanding.
Mrs Wina also clarified that no one was tear-gassed in Chipata’s Chipangali area at a meeting which was called by Paramount Chief Mpezeni.
Last month, police dispersed a meeting which was called by Chief Mpezeni in Chipangali to prevent a clash between Chewas and Ngonis.

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