All Lamba chiefs reject teaching of Bemba language in their areas

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ALL the fifteen (15) Lamba chiefs on the Copperbelt Province have resolved to reject the newly introduced government policy to teach Bemba in Copperbelt rural schools.

ZANIS reports that the Chiefs confirmed this in a statement in Ndola today signed by senior Chief Chiwala who is the chairperson for Copperbelt Royal Council of Chiefs.

Chief Chiwala said traditional leaders in the province have thrown out the idea of having Bemba as a mode of instructions in schools both in rural and urban areas.

“We, the Chiefs of the Copperbelt Province observe that it is a violation of human rights to impose on children the teaching of vernacular language that is not their own,” Chief Chiwala said.

The traditional leader observed that Copperbelt province is the land of inheritance for Lambas and that indigenous Lamba people have occupied the land since time immemorial hence the language they have always spoken and used for writing is Lamba.

He explained that language plays a greater role in the development, promotion and preservation of culture in any given society and that it is injustice to introduce as a compulsory measure a Northern Province language to teach children in Copperbelt rural schools.

The traditional leader on behalf of his colleagues further said that Lambas at their own expense and working in collaboration with the curriculum Development Center in Lusaka have published books to be used in Copperbelt rural schools and that the literacy books are still being worked on.

He said to this end government should partner with the Lambas and avail funds for the publication of books as it has done with other languages.

Chief Chiwala further said that the resolve to reject the policy of having children taught in a foreign language in their own land was reached at after consultative meeting with the Lambas in the province.

“The position the Lambas have taken shall never be compromised and no amount of intimidation shall sway the people of Lamba land from this decision.

Throughout British Colonial and independent Zambia’s history, Lambas have been tolerant and sacrificed enough of their land for the sake of national development, mindful of the fact that Zambia is a unitary state in tribal diversity,” Chief Chiwala said.

Government recently announced new education reforms to teach all subjects in vernacular from grade one (1) to four (4) in all primary schools of Zambia.

Government has selected seven Zambian languages which are also aired on ZNBC to be used for teaching in schools.

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32 Responses to All Lamba chiefs reject teaching of Bemba language in their areas

  1. TEL. 077 289 022 FAX. 077 289 023

    วรการจักรกล - February 10, 2014

  2. munzi wayaka, waka mbwanji

    ALEX M - February 10, 2014

  3. wow..this is very good..way to go..well done..!!we are fed up of this congolese language..kekekekee

    pompwe - February 10, 2014

  4. Awe nanemo calinkalipe saana pakumfwa ati abana abanini balukutatika ukusambilila mumulaka uushili uwabo. Mama eh! Abantu aba a ba bemba bapuneme saana. Ba Mfumu fwebo twaumfwa bwino mwe. Ekulabiloko amen.

    barotse buffalo - February 10, 2014

  5. Her Royal Highness pls advocate for the introduction of Soli as a language of instruction in Dr John Phiri’s village.

    Soli Subject - February 10, 2014

  6. By way you people educate me, what tribe is Dr John Phiri? I am sure he not Chewa but Soli. But the name sound like someone who trying to promote his own mother tongue,

    Soli Subject - February 10, 2014

  7. By way you people educate me, what tribe is Dr John Phiri? I am sure he not Chewa but Soli. But the name sound like someone who trying to promote his own mother tongue,

    Soli Subject - February 10, 2014

  8. Well done Lambas. Reclaim your heritage. You gave up your land for mining; don’t give up your heritage in place of a foreign Bemba language.

    Satanic Utterances - February 10, 2014

  9. #singing* mwe buteko kutikeni,ba nkole balabila,mu buteko tulekeni ba mushili balabila,ba chiwala balabila tabalukufwayapo icibemba mwi lamba ;baleye ciyeyeye.

    BRE - February 10, 2014

  10. If ours is a listening govt there shud be differences in implementation vis a vis rural and urban areas.

    ECZ - February 10, 2014

  11. whats bhind this with the PF in govt?what motive is with mrsata cant he see that hes decampaigning himself?sure PF in for one term i now agree.

    honorable - February 9, 2014


    ANUKA - February 9, 2014

  13. What is a tribe? Explain using venn diagram.

    Jacob Zume - February 9, 2014

  14. These are chiefs among chiefs and they have done well, extremely well for that matter! Let this kind of principle reverberate country wide as PF stirred a hornets nest for no apparent reason. It is not the teachers that PF is asking to defend the rushed decision who lit the fire so PF must know how to put it out! Viva diversity!

    FuManchu - February 9, 2014

  15. I think this government has lost it. How on earth can you force a foreign language on your own people. Whose interest are you serving Mr. Sata?

    Mwanarob - February 9, 2014

  16. Well done lamba chiefs. If you don’t like your bisa, we like our lamba tribe.

    farmer - February 9, 2014

  17. I love my tribe Lamba! Way to go mwemfumu shesu

    bravo - February 9, 2014

  18. The patriotic front’s ability to decampaign itself is amazing. The sooner they realise their directionless match at full throttle, the better for them.

    In the meantime, failure by opposition parties to capitalise on PF’s ill conceived policies is indicative of their preparedness to govern.

    Put simply, Zambian politics is mediocre!

    Jabulani - February 9, 2014

  19. Ciweme ba nkambo

    Big Youth - February 9, 2014

  20. Iliko bad like DC for itezhi tezhi said…kikikiki

    Haleisa - February 9, 2014

  21. You see, this is why we said Government should have done its research before implementing this policy. This will cost PF massive further votes in 2016. The PF seems to have the talent is bringing problems on themselves. At this rate, by 2016 most of the people will have been turned off voting for PF. They should be careful.

    mulupa - February 9, 2014

  22. Ba mwinsho bafoloko,baspoon,banaifi nabakabichi,just learn tonga,lamba have lived with lenje,soli and tongas for ages.

    Puungwa - February 9, 2014

  23. Don’t insult Lamba people. When one of them was a president of Zambia, Zambia saw unprecedented development compared to what we see under the current regime. Mulongoti for President!

    Capt Philip Goma rtd - February 9, 2014

  24. what are the Lenjes still waiting for if Lambas with a dialect much similar to Bemba can reject the use of a foreign language in their schools. smell the coffee.

    @cherrymaambo - February 9, 2014

  25. When is ths man dieing

    frado - February 9, 2014

  26. No one will benefit anything from Bemba why force it in other tribes this is very wrong no one should accept it.

    London - February 9, 2014

  27. Bemba, Lamba, Lozi, and the all lot of them are not Languages, but dialects. Abena ilamba are making mountains out of mole hills. The children will benefit more from Bemba than Lamba. How many books have been written in Lamba? How many Lamba writers are known in Zambia? Ba Laban Kalunga?

    The Kimbanguist - February 9, 2014

    • you must be Bemba – you cannot deny a people their choice of their own destiny! They are Lamba NOT bemba and their choice is they will NOT use bemba. I love the integrity and resolve the chiefs have displayed. Twamutetoni ukwakuti mwe mfumu shakwilamba. Mutwalilile ukwikata.

      Ulemona - February 9, 2014

    • Another arrogant Bemba fo.ol! How many credible Bemba books do you really find in Zambia? In fact this an incentive for Book writers to produce books in Lamba for the Lambas.
      Lambas dont want their kids to labelled from birth as potential THIEFS, CROOKS, MUURDERS, etc like Bembas!

      Chilyata - February 9, 2014

    • Lamba was reduced to writing at Kafulafuta mission well before Bemba was and therefore has a longer written history than Bemba. The study of the Lamba language was instrumental in Doke coming up with the theory of the Bantu language group spoken in central, east and southern Africa.

      A cobra afraid of bald heads - February 9, 2014

    • Kimbanguist the ‘flawed’ education policy demands that pupils are taught in local language (mother tongue) from Grade 1 through 4! This has nothing to do with how many books have been written or by who?

      FuManchu - February 9, 2014

  28. well done Lambas. others to follow suit. Lambas have been oppressed for long time. They are richest tribe.

    janza kumbele - February 9, 2014