BEMBA and Ngoni-speaking people throughout the country should break their tribal talk and the evil of tribalism perpetrated by politicians by voting for a credible and unifying leader in next week’s presidential election, Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has said.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr Mwamba popularly known as GBM, said next week’s presidential election should be premised on national unity and not tribalism perpetrated by “useless” and non-performing politicians.
He said Bembas across the country should be the first ones to come out and denounce the tribal talk perpetrated and promoted by Bembas.
“I am sad that people we know from our region are in the forefront of promoting tribalism and this tribal talk which has engulfed our political campaigns. It is therefore my challenge to all Bemba speaking people to stop tribal talk by participating in next week’s presidential election and voting for a credible leader whose agenda is for national development by involving all tribes,” said Mr. Mwamba.
He said the tribal talk by leaders in the PF and others was dividing the nation, adding that after the 20th January election, Zambia should be under a credible leader.
Mr. Mwamba said it was therefore important that unpopular decisions were made by supporting UPND president Hakainde Hichilema whose agenda was non-tribal but based on national development.
“Ifwe bamo tatusapotafye icisapotefye based on tribe like our friends and well known people from Northern and Eastern provinces respectively. On a personal level I have decided to support HH because he is the only candidate talking about unity of purpose, national development and ending high levels of poverty among our people by providing quality leadership,” he said.
Mr. Mwamba said it was disappointing that some Bemba-speaking people were fed with wrong information about other tribes, adding that time has come to forget and end tribal politics by electing a Tonga president.
“This is a time for Mr. Hichilema to govern. Why should you put tribe first when it comes to politics but when its issues to do with jobs and marriage you don’t choose or ask a tribe. You marry anyone. Then why do you agree to marry other tribes if they don’t fit to be leaders of this country?” asked Mr. Mwamba.
He said tribal talk had become a security concern for the nation and should come to an end by electing Mr. Hichilema.
“We are all Zambians and should enjoy equal opportunities and rights. So why should we choose leaders based on the tribe one comes from or belongs to?” Why promoting that which will hurt this country now and in the future? Do you know what we are doing to our children and the future of the nation? I implore all well meaning Zambians to denounce and protest against tribalism by voting for Mr. Hichilema who has a programme for the country to create jobs, and give people equal opportunities for wealth creation,” said Mr. Mwamba.