Tribalism has no place in Zambia

Zambia should not be governed by one particular tribe or region and it is disheartening that a specter of tribalism, nepotism and regionalism has emerged in the country, former freedom fighter Samuel Mbilishi has said.

Mbilishi, the 105 years old freedom fighter said those propagating tribalism, nepotism and regionalism should know that those vices could not only divide the country but that they were a danger to the security and political stability of the country.

Mbilishi said this on Saturday when United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema paid a courtesy call on him in Lusaka’s Katuba area.

Mbilishi said he was disheartened to see that there were people in this era who were advocating parochial ideas that only a particular region or tribe had all the wisdom to take up the leadership of the country.

He said even during the reign of first republican president Kenneth Kaunda when he served as a deputy minister, he had advised the former head of state to come up with a cabinet that was represented by all regions in the country.He said the current Patriotic Front government had shown frightening traits of tribalism, nepotism and tribalism with a particular tribe being seen as the only one with the ability and wisdom to rule the country.