Hold dialogue over Lyambai – MISA
Institute of Southern Africa - MISA Zambia Chapter has called for dialogue
to resolve the problems at Radio Lyambai in Mongu.
Chairperson Daniel Sikazwe says MISA officers are currently on the ground to
observe developments at the radio station.
Mr. Sikazwe also says MISA is
planning to conduct a workshop for all radio stations in Western province in
order to help them become models for peace-building.
He was speaking in
an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka today, Tuesday.
Mr. Sikazwe has
called for dialogue between the radio station management and government,
Radio Lyambai has been closed for allegedly inciting
people to attend last Fridays illegal meeting over the Barotse Agreement of
Two people died in Mongu-Western Province, among them a child,
after a group of people ran amok over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 last
Police shot dead one man as attempts to stop him from setting
ablaze a filling station failed.
Home Affairs Minister Mkhondo Lungu said
the consequences would have been grave, had the man not been stopped.
Mr Lungu said the child died after he was hit by a stone, as a stone-throwing
group went on rampage during the fracas.
Mr. Lungu however said
government regrets the loss of life.
The Home Affairs Minister said
several people from Mongu and Lusaka had been arrested by police for threatening
peace of the country.
Mr. Lungu said the group that went on rampage threw
stones at police and the general public, breaking vehicle window screens, and
deflating vehicle tyres.
The Minister was speaking at a press briefing in
Lusaka last Friday Evening.
He said law enforcement agencies would use
force proportional to threats posed by rioters in order to ensure law and order
And Mr. Lungu said a group of 20 matchet-carrying people
was in the early hours of Friday rounded-up by police in Mongu.
five other activists from Lusaka believed to be inciting people over the 1964
agreement had also been picked up.
And Mr. Lungu told Journalists that
there would be no negotiations over the secession of the Western
He also advised people in Mongu and Limulunga to stay indoors
as a result of the unrest.
The Minister further said Government would
increase the presence of police in Western Province to quell off any possible
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