TRIBALISM and regionalism have the potential of throwing the country into untold ethnical conflicts and it is gratifying that President Edgar Lungu has openly denounced and condemned the vices that have reared their ugly heads in the country, senior Chief Bright Nalubamba has said.
He was pleased that President Lungu had expressed concerns over the potential dangers of regionalism and tribalism.
The traditional leader said it was encouraging that President Lungu had appealed involvement of traditional leaders in seeking a permanent solution to the dangers of tribalism and regionalism.
Senior Chief Nalubamba called on President Lungu to consider a national traditional leaders indaba to deliberate and work out mechanisms of how best to deal with tribalism and regionalism which were threatening the peace and unity of the country 50 years after Independence.
He said in a statement yesterday that there was need for the traditional leadership in the country to meet for two days at Mulungushi Conference Centre to chart the way forward on how Zambia would continue remaining peaceful despite its ethnic diversity.
“I am delighted with the concerns His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu has expressed about the potential dangers regionalism and tribalism can do to bring this beautiful country to chaos, if we do not wake up to resolve these vices as a united country. As a collective approach, President Lungu has called for the involvement of traditional leaders in seeking for permanent solutions to the dangerous vices of tribalism and regionalism.
I wish to request that Government should immediately call for national traditional leaders indaba at Mulungushi International Conference Centre at which three to five chiefs from each of the ten provinces would meet and work out mechanisms of how best to stamp out these vices,” senior Chief Nalubamba said.
The traditional leader suggested that the indaba should also be attended by a delegation of about 10 to 15 church leaders from various denominations.
At the end of the indaba, the chiefs would elect a committee to market the resolution of the conference to promote the One Zambia One Nation, united in diversity.
He said it would be at this stage that the traditional leaders would engage political leaders of various political parties to share with them ways and means of avoiding dividing the country into regions because of tribalism.