PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has charged that the Post Newspaper has continued propagating tribal and hate speech with the aim of making Zambians rise against each other so that the country could become ungovernable.
Mrs Phiri said the Post was attempting to set the people of Eastern Province against the people of Muchinga in a scheme meant to divide the country.
She said she would never in her political life demean the people of Eastern Province and that the story in the Post Edition of yesterday was designed to invoke tribal anger among Zambians.
Mrs Phiri said the people of Eastern Province were her tribal cousins and that when she appeared on Feel Free radio station in Chipata, she found time to play tribal cousinship and at no time did she accuse them of wanting President Edgar Lungu to lose the general elections next year.
She stated that the story in the Post newspaper had exposed the desperation of how badly the newspaper wanted the PF and President Lungu to be voted out of government next year.
Mrs Phiri said her political standing was on firm ground and that no newspaper was going to manage to bring her down using unsubstantiated claims.
She said she enjoyed sharing jokes with the people of Eastern Province because that was the region her husband hailed from and that at no time would she ever consider changing the surnames of her children.
“The Post are losing it. They have continued propagating tribal and hate messages against selected leaders in the PF but let them know that they will not succeed because Zambians are seeing through their schemes. There is no way I can demean and be angry with the people of Eastern Province because they are my tribal cousins. We enjoy sharing jokes and the agenda of setting the people of Eastern Province against those from Muchinga Province will never succeed,” Mrs Phiri said.