Lungu must reach out to all-Chipimo

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should immediately address tribalism by reaching out to all parts of the country,  National Restoration Party (NAREP) leader Elias Chipimo Jnr has said.

Mr Chipimo said tribalism was Zambia’s biggest problem and had the potential to cause anarchy if not well handled.

He said the voting pattern which characterized the just ended presidential election showed that there was tribalism in Zambia which needed to be tackled.

Mr Chipimo said tribalism was being encouraged by naming some sections of the society as minority groups.

He also bemoaned the voter apathy which characterized the just ended presidential polls.

“With voter turnout as low as 20 percent in certain areas and an overall turnout of less than 33 percent, one has to question whether any person leading Zambia under such circumstances really has a mandate to rule without involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders,” Mr Chipimo said.

He said something had terribly gone wrong in a democracy which more than 65 per cent of voters choose to stay away from in a national election.

“This is something the new President must exercise his mind on and not sit comfortably in the knowledge that he has secured a mandate to govern”.

Meanwhile Mr Chipimo commended UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for giving the PF a good run for their money and chasing them all the way to the finish line.

He reminded President Lungu that there was much work which needed to be done in a short period.

Mr Chipimo said President Lungu should spearhead the start of the continuous voter registration exercise immediately.

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