THERE was drama at Mfuwe International Airport today when some Ngoni impis jostled for money that was given to them by President Edgar Lungu.
President Lungu had escorted King Mswati of Swaziland, who is in the country for a three-day holiday in the South Luangwa National Park.
President Lungu and King Mswati arrived at Mfuwe Airport around 12:00 hours where he proceeded to greet people starting with the senior government officials before traditional dancers.
When the two leaders reached where Ngonis were performing Ngoma dance, President Lungu was given a knobkerrie for him to join in the dance but he, instead, gave it to local government minister Vincent Mwale.
Few minutes later, President Lungu gave the dancers a bunch of money before he proceeded to the other group where he did the same gesture.
But drama ensued outside the airport as the Ngoni Impis shared the money.
A group of about six youthful Ngoni men exchanged punches after they seemingly failed to reach consensus on sharing the money.
An elderly woman who was part of the group tried to calm the situation but failed.
The situation was only controlled by an officer from Chiefs and Traditional Affairs told the group to jump on the bus and start off for Chipata.
Before the fracas, one Ngoni impi was seen complaining to one government officer over the issue of money but he referred her to the district commissioner Caroline Mwanza.
President Lungu and King Mswati were received by Eastern Province minister Makebi Zulu, Mwale and other senior government officials.
The two heads of State, who were accompanied by their spouses, only greeted people before jumping on another plane.