Zambia should remain a unitary state – Letter to Editor

By Joseph Sondashi

Allow me to express my thoughts on the issue of Barotse. It is heartening by the hitch the calls for secession have hit bearing that Zambia should remain a unitary state. There are grave consequences of allowing Barotseland to be a separate state from Zambia.

If Barotseland only included one tribe, maybe the calls for secession could have been tolerated. The fact that Barotseland includes other tribes both in western province and abroad makes the call for a separate state, a scary dream.

I am happy that this move has been condemned by the Nkoya Royal Establishment and the the Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) led by Charles Milupi, a Lozi and seasoned politician.

I don’t subscribe to secessions that have been simmering in many African countries like Kenya, Congo DR and Malawi as doing so is retrogressive and would not bring development to the troubled continent.

Politicians have always been instigators of tribalism, regionalism and other divisive practices that can drag the country into a political turmoil that would only be solved by the outside world.

I would like to reinvent the abandoned slogan mooted by Zambia’s founding party -UNIP of One Zambia, One Nation!

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