Monday, 12 March 2012


Information, Broadcasting and Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda has implored Zambians to continue safeguarding the peace the country has enjoyed since independence which is a prerequisite to national development.
Mr. Shamenda said the Patriotic Front (PF) government will continue promoting the freedoms of Zambians regardless of their political affiliation and tribal inclinations in the spirit of fostering peace and national development.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Shamenda is also Chief Government spokesperson said although government will continue guaranteeing freedom of speech and assembly, citizens should exercise these liberties within the confirms of the law.
The Minister was reacting to the Southern Province Stakeholders Meeting in Choma over the realignment of Chirundu and Itezhi-Tehi districts to Lusaka Province and Central Province.
Mr. Shamenda said that it was the hope of government that those resisting the realignment of Chirundu and Itezhi-Tehi districts to Lusaka Province and Central Provinces respectively will put national interests first.
He further said that government is equally hopeful that the discussions in Choma will not be tailored to suit political and regional inclinations and inimical to the interests of majority Zambians.
The Minister stated that it was disappointing that some politicians in the country are in the forefront of promoting regionalism with the hope of dissecting the country.
The Meeting in Choma District was attended by Southern Province Members of Parliament, Chiefs and other stakeholders to discuss government’s realignment of Chirundu and Itezhi Tezhi to Lusaka and Central provinces respectively.
Others in attendance included Southern Province MMD Chairman Edgar Keembe, Provincial UPND Chairman Douglas Siakalima, MMD Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe and three Indunas from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in Mongu.
Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka-Leya of Livingstone and Kazungula districts who is also Southern Province Royal Foundation Chairperson opened the meeting.

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