A controversial Zambian author-cum-politician has torched a storm on social media after he intentionally re-ignited the historical, and of-course, ‘never-ending debate’ on who really owns the magnificent and globally venerated Victoria Falls between his native country and Zimbabwe.
Joseph Kalimbwe (above), who is a politician aligned to President Hakainde Hichilema’s ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) got the social media talking after he posted on his micro-blogging Twitter account, saying:
“The debate of who owns the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe is historical, it will never end. It began decades ago and will never have a winner. Lets just embrace and continue loving one another. We share so much together, a Twarwon’t end well comrades !!!”
The youthful politician, who is also UPND national youth secretary for information and publicity is not new to controversy.
A couple of months ago, he torched a storm with liberation movements in the region after he remarked that:
“In Zambia, the liberation movement (UNIP) was voted out peacefully in 1991. In South Africa, the liberation movement (ANC) is in a critical condition. In Zimbabwe, the liberation movement (ZANU PF) is on life support. Life is hard.”
As our reporter NYASHADZASHE MAJONI writes, we have picked up some few interesting comments and reactions from internet users based in the two southern African countries, who reacted to the interesting debate about the ‘real ownership’ of the mighty, splendacious and irresistibly charming Victoria Falls.
The yellow (in the image below) indicates the international boundary line. It clearly shows that the water body belongs to both countries. River boundaries are (always) in the middle.-@ancube
Zambia and ZIMBABWE at some point was a united nation including Malawi, it these @CCCZimbabwe minions who don’t have roots or any background, that raise such shallow debates. We are one, let’s not be divided.- @muvei_jason
If there has been a debate over this, it is not historical; Zimbabwe and Zambia are just ‘teenagers’. In any case, even the one who drew the border simply drew a line to aid his/her own admin interests. Our fault was in accepting those #colonial lines! #BordersMustFall– @t_dawu
Zimboz who are busy with this fight have got a big problem with prioritising,I mean what does an ordinary Zimbo benefit from Victoria falls?- @aMabhoyz001
Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. Just take a map, you will see. Besides it would help us all if we go back to the old days. Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe are one, we also can’t leave Mozambique. The more united we are the better. Thats a path to #1Africa- @Stuartziwewe
The sooner we unite Malawi Moza Zambia & Zimbabwe the better. Other regions are uniting & enjoying the benefits while we busy fighting over a river. We all eat matemba & amacimbi so we one pple-@MaxZiGumbo
Point of Correction there (on Zambian billboard below), the statement should read, ” 𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙕𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙞𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙮 𝙑𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙖 𝙁𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙨”- @emmanuellaer
The problem of twitter is that everyone becomes an expert even those guys who came last in class. Victoria Falls refers to the falls. The falls are actually Zambian but better viewed from Zim. As for the name thats inconsequential. (International) boundary line in right in the centre- @ancube
Let the owners take it away with them and place it where they want.- @adrian_mlambo
Whatever, Zambia has the better view and more of the Falls. My experience as a Zimbo who lived all his life in Wankie- @Alfred67686158
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