President Michael Sata has assured the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment of state protection from any attempts of aggression being fomented by what he called “a clique of misguided individuals”.
He says he has credible information that there are certain frustrated and ill-advised persons that are maneuvering to bring strife to the Litunga and the BRE.
President Sata, who has previously insulted the Litunga in public describing him as a fake and one without powers, has surprisingly come to his defence warning that the state security wings will not sit idle and watch reckless people sow discord in Western Province.
Mr Sata says his Government is committed to ensuring peace and stability in Western Province and views the Litunga and the BRE as an important part of that process.
He adds that the Litunga and the BRE symbolises national unity and identity.
President Sata states that those seeking to undermine the Litunga and the BRE using unlawful means will be dealt with firmly.
He says as responsible elected officers of the people, they pledge that urgent and practical measures will be engaged to nip these illegitimate schemes in the bud.
This is contained in a statement released by the president’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.