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Mazabuka residents distance themselves from Tongas On Oath

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Mazabuka residents have detached themselves from a group calling itself Tongas On Oath sentiments saying they have no ethnic problems with Bambas.
The group authored a letter that was posted in Mazabuka and sent to authorities stating they will chase all Bembas from Southern province and that they have since killed some Bembas in the province.
In random interviews around Mazabuka town Thursday afternoon, Tongas said they are peace loving people who would not hurt anyone regardless of their tribe.
Peter Mweemba who is married to a Bemba woman said it’s not possible for Tongas to chase Bembas from Southern province because there are some Tongas were born and bred from the Northern Province.
Mweemba said Tongas On Oath group claiming to be from Mazabuka are liars because Tongas and Bembas relate well in Mazabuka district. He said Bembas are free to stay anywhere in Zambia because they are Zambians and should be respected just like other Zambians.
Another Mazabuka resident, Getwell Sekeleti, said if anyone will temper to hurt Bembas residing in Southern province, the law should not fail to deal with such a one.
And Bwalya Musonda, a Bemba by tribe and residing in Mazabuka, said he has not felt the anger of the Tongas on Bembas as he works with them without problems.
Musonda said the group calling itself Tongas under oath does not exist in Mazabuka.
President Michael Sata has also dismissed the purported letter of having been authored by Tongas. He said the letter was authored in Lusaka. The president said Tongas were peaceful people who could not advocate for such violence.
Meanwhile Mazabuka district commissioner Eugene Munyama has promised to involve other stake holders such traditional leaders in the district to ensure those who produced an alarming letter are brought to book.
Munyama disclosed in an interview at his office Thursday morning that the Tongas On Oath group is not welcome in the district and that it should be strongly condemned by all well meaning Zambian, despite their tribe.
The Tongas on Oath produced a letter which indicates that Bembas have no place in southern province unless President Micheal Sata rescinds his decision to re-align Chirundu and Itezhi-Tezhi districts from Southern province.

From Our Correspondents in Mazabuka

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