Confrontation bad for dialogue-SACCORD


THE confrontational approach to the tribal remarks against the people of Southern Province should be resolved otherwise the situation will worsen, Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes executive director Borniface Chembe has observed.

Patriotic Front secretary general Davies Chama is alleged to have disparaged the people of Southern Province and now a group of Tongas are organizing a provincial meeting at the weekend to discuss the matter.

He said it was unfair that despite President Lungu trying to bring together the people Zambia, some senior officials were trying to resolve the matter in a “war of words” approach.

Mr Chembe said the issue of tribalism should not be taken for granted but should be resolved immediately.  “We are appealing to the President to immediately bring to an end the issue at hand, because this appears to be going too far and likely to divide the nation if not well addressed,” he said.

Mr Chembe said the Government, through the Vice President Inonge Wina, assured the nation that it would issue a comprehensive statement on the alleged offensive remarks by Mr Chama, but todate nothing had happened.

He said politicians were bound to divide the nation should they continue to issue statements that were aimed at alarming the nation.

Mr Chembe said all the tribes were equal, adding that it was for this reason that the tribal remarks against the people of Southern Province should be resolved once and for all, so that the people of Zambia continued to live in harmony regardless of their political affiliation. “Exchanging statements without resolving the matter will not take us anywhere, as the issue appeared to be small but has continued to bring confusion between the people,” he said.

Mr Chembe said there was need for unity and peace in the country, adding that anything that undermined national cohersion should not be tolerated.