03 Sep 2015 17:10pm
BUKALO, 03 SEP (NAMPA) The Masubia Traditional Authority has cautioned Government not to heed the call of the son of the late Masubia Chief, Joshua Moraliswani for Bukalo to be deregistered as a town.
Masubia prince Gilbert Muhongo Mutwa Moraliswani wants Bukalo, which is situated over 40 kilometres southeast of Katima Mulilo to be returned to its former status of village as he says Bukalos new status will pit the traditional authority against the town council.
Bukalo was proclaimed a town in 2013.
During a meeting at the Masubia Traditional Authority premises on Monday, Masubia Chief Kisco Maiba Liswanis advisor, Maurice Muyatwa told reports the traditional authority does not agree with Moraliswani.
This is after a meeting was called by Moraliswani at Ngoma on Saturday, where he allegedly stated that the decision to upgrade Bukalo from a village to a town is invalid, as not all royal council members were in agreement with the move.
First and foremost, the traditional authority will not recognise what was said or mentioned at the said meeting, as none of the important members from this house were aware of such an event, which took place under a tree.
Another reason to ignore the request is that development at Bukalo is advancing at a favourable pace and there is no turning back. The traditional authority will co-exist with the Bukalo Village Council as envisioned when it was proclaimed a town, Muyatwa said.
The Masubia Traditional Authoritys senior councillor, Albius Kamwi added that the Khuta (traditional court) will meet on an unspecified date to decide on what action to take against Moraliswani and how to handle this matter.
We are pleased with Bukalos development. We have not heard of any of our people complaining that they do not want Bukalo to be a town. Why is Moraliswani only speaking out now when development is at an advanced stage? he asked.
Kamwi also said anything regarding the traditional authority and its dealings must be handled at the Khuta and not away from it.
We might not have all the information on the meeting at Ngoma, but we do not recognise what was requested at that event, he added.
A letter which Moraliswani allegedly read at the meeting, which is dated 11 December 2014 and addressed to the Office of the Prime Minister, said Bukalo should be returned to its status as village as its existence as a town will pit the traditional authority and town council against each other on how to govern the area.
Another reason in the letter bearing Moraliswanis signature is that there was no proper consultation between Government and the royal council members to proclaim Bukalo as a town. He added that the decision to do so is destroying the norms and cultural shrines of the Basubia people.
Moraliswani is advising that if Government wants to establish a town in the area, it must be located 10 kilometres south of Bukalo, where it can develop a town that will not intrude on the cultural and sentiment values the Masubia people hold dear to them.
We are not anti-development in Bukalo and surrounding areas, however, it is improper to establish a town within a kingdom that was established in the year 1652.
The establishment of the town within the kingdom would mean destruction of the kingdom, what it stands for, its values, the history and identity of the Basubia people. Bukalo must be deregistered as a town, reads the letter.