Saturday, 27 June 2015

NEWSFLASH - Mbote claims Zubuto golf course violates sacred tribal land (Reuters)

From our correspondent in Mpongoville

In a heated broadcast on MBC radio the President of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum, has condemned a new golf course and leisure complex on the shores of Lake Bagombo recently opened by Dr Dudu, President for Life of Zubuto. In a withering address to the people of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum accused the Zubuto government of violating the sacred lands of the semi-nomadic Wapongo tribe. According to Wapongo religious tradition, the shores of Lake Bagombo must not be disturbed, as they are the spirritual hunting grounds of the tribal ancestors.

President Banga Boum pledged full military backing to the tribal elders of the Wapongo, who have 'spontaneously petitioned' the Mbote government for support in their on-going territorial dispute with Zubuto. Meanwhile, a full mobilisation of the MDF regular forces and PVA militias has been ordered. A senior contact in the MDF high command has indicated that this mobilisation is in readiness for an imminent cross border incursion into Zubuto territory. As yet there has been no response from the Zubuto government as President Dudu is playing a round of golf.

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