East Land dispute worries – Chieftainess Mwape
By Staff Reporter
Chieftainess Mwape of the Nsenga speaking people in Nyimba district of Eastern province has called on government to resolve land dispute over the chiefdoms boundaries.
The Chieftainess disclosed that the land wrangles had been a source of conflict with chief Nyamphande of Petauke district.
The traditional leader said this when Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Buleti Nsemukila called on her at her palace that the differences had led to a situation where the two traditional leaders do not see eye to eye.
“I’m worried that these chiefdom boundary disputes could lead to bloodshed if not resolved because subjects from my chiefdom and Nyamphande chiefdom have been having confrontations due to encroachment. There is need to quickly address the matter as it has a potential to lead into chiefdoms war,” said Chieftainess Mwape.
Meanwhile, the Chieftainess has appealed to government to construct more secondary schools in the chiefdom to improve access to education facilities.
“Pupils are covering over 40 kms just to access educational services and I think this has contributed to some of them stopping school due to long distances and as result they are being forced get married at a tender age,” said Chieftainess Mwape.
And when reacting to a concern from Chieftainess Mwape, Dr. Nsemukila addimited that the issue of land disputes among traditional leaders was common in the region.
“There is need to engage the traditional leaders to the act and prevent the situation from leading into serious situation. I will consult responsible government departments to help resolve these land wrangles in Eastern Province,” said Dr Nsemukila.
The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that Government would this year start the rehabilitation of roads leading to the chiefdoms in Nyimba district.