HH denies Bemba jibe

UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has denied ever blasting Chieftainess Choongo of the Tonga people for welcoming and interacting in Bemba with Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama who recently toured Southern Province.

Mr Hichilema is alleged to have been furious with the successful tour of Southern Province by Mr Chama a few weeks ago and is alleged to have blasted Chieftainess Choongo who had a conversation with the PF secretary general in Bemba.

“We have not encouraged any chief from Southern Province or anywhere in the country not to be visited by people from other ethnic groupings, including Mr Chama despite having insulted people of other ethnic groupings because we believe Zambia is one,” Mr Hichilema said.

Mr Hichilema is alleged to have said that it was shameful for Chieftainess Choongo to have had a Bemba conversation with Mr Chama when the PF secretary general paid a courtesy call at her palace in Monze.

And UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has described the reports as a fabrication as Mr Hichilema had not spoken to Chief Hamusonde in more than three months – the man to whom Mr Hakainde is reported to have uttered the words.

Mr Kakoma said it was not true that Mr Hichilema was furious that Mr Chama’s tour of Southern Province was successful.

Mr Kakoma said the alleged telephone interview between Mr Hichilema and Chief Hamusonde was nothing but an invention by Mr Chama and that the UPND leader was contemplating suing the PF secretary general over the matter.

When contacted, Chief Hamusonde said he was not ready to comment on the matter and accused the media of being sarcastic and promoting fights among politicians while Chieftainess Choongo said she was not aware and promised to call back but did not.

“It is a fabrication by Mr Chama that Mr Hichilema called Chief Hamusonde to furiously complain about Chieftainess Choongo having a conversation with Mr Chama in Bemba.

‘‘Mr Hichilema sees nothing wrong for anyone to speak Bemba in Southern Province as he himself has been speaking Bemba in Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces.

‘‘Mr Hichilema has taken great exception to this allegation and has given the Times of Zambia and other newspapers that caused the publication of the story 24 hours to retract or face legal action alongside Mr Chama,” Mr Kakoma said.

Mr Hichilema was alleged to have called Chief Hamusonde and complained about Mr Chama’s tour of Southern Province in a region he said was the stronghold for the UPND and some of the people Mr Hichilema was with at the time he called the chief  allegedly recorded the conversation.

Mr Hichilema is alleged to have told Chief Hamusonde that it was shameful for Mr Chama to have had a conversation with Chieftainess Choongo in Bemba when the traditional leader was a chief for the Tonga-speaking people.

Mr Chama, when contacted, confirmed that he was told while on his tour of Southern Province that Mr Hichilema was enraged that the traditional leadership in the region had warmly welcomed him to the area.

According to the alleged recorded telephone conversation, Mr Hichilema said Mr Chama should never have been allowed to visit Southern Province and interact with the traditional leadership in the region.

Mr Hichilema is alleged to have told Chief Hamusonde that while North-Western Province was warming up to him, Southern Province was drifting towards the ruling party.

And Mr Chama said he was informed that Mr Hichilema furiously lambasted Chieftainess Choongo through Chief Hamusonde for having a conversation in Bemba with him when Mr Chama paid a courtesy call on her at her place.

Mr Chama told the Daily Nation that it was genocidal for Mr Hichilema to sound tribal, charging that the UPND should work hard and get rid of its tribal tag if it were to reflect a national character.

Mr Chama said it was Chieftainess Choongo who had started the conversation in Bemba having lived on the Copperbelt for a long time and that it was unacceptable for Mr Hichilema to sound tribal.


3 thoughts on “HH denies Bemba jibe


  2. The issue of tribe in this country sounds sinful and wicked. This is because this country is still highly mentally colonized. I want to say it loud and clear and if in the course of what I am about to say I will commit a crime I am ready to face the wrath of the Law. Zambia has 72 tribes. In other words Zambia houses 72 tribes. Zambia as a nation has 14million nationals who are identified by 72 tribes. Meaning that each of the 72 tribes has the right to exist in Zambia. These 72 tribes are not Zambian tribes because they coexist. They coexist because they are Zambian tribes. In other words Zambia was established by tribes it is not Zambia that established the tribes. For this reason no tribe is more Zambian than any of the 72 tribes. However in terms of population

  3. However the population of the Zambia tribes differ in terms of numbers. Some tribes are big in numbers than others and there is nothing one can do about it.
    Politics found tribes already set in Zambia. It is not the tribes that found politics. There tribe is superior to politics by virtue of age. Which of the two must influence the other between tribe and Politics? In Zambia the socalled politicians have brought in what I would call Politics of sympathy instead of Politic of issues. Simple reason we are a country with a large rural population with a large number of people not educated to understand the language of politics which is English. Therefore to relate to these people the only way to go is to use the language they understand. If today we passed a Law in this country that all the political campaigns would be in English you would see how this tribal nonsense would collapse.
    Zambia has never known politics of issue based campaign since 1964. Reason is simple Zambia is a nation that has never felt shame to beg since 1964. A begger is always alien to issues that involve self criticism. For fifty years we were indirectly being ruled by the British through their constitution. Show me anything Zambian in our constitution nothing. Show me anything Zambian in our education syllabus. Imagine this for 50years as a nation we never knew the value of a Mukula tree till a Chinese came to cut it and you tell me you are educated. So Hakainde Hichilema is within his rights that is if an African knows the right to have a right to tell whoever cares to hear that Tonga chiefs must talk in Tonga to whoever visits them. Show me the the Law he has transgressed. I am married to a Lambya girl I greet my inlaws in Lambya and they do so in Lambya what is wrong with that? I am surprised to hear HH refusing or trying hard to refuse a story that is simple and straight forward. When Jesus was on earth He learnt how to speak a Jewish language. Several times He told His listeners that He was from heaven. HH must be proud to be Tonga before being proud of being a Zambian because before Zambia was Tonga as a tribe was. Before Politics came at whichever level tribes existed. There is nothing tribal about being Swaka if that is whats makes me a Zambian. Moreover not even education can surpass my tribe because before I went to school I had tribe. The day we shall have political issues to talk about that is the day the issue of tribal politics will come to an end as for now there are no issues at hand and to keep ourselves noisy the issue of tribe will be with us because that is what we easily identify with.

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