IT IS extremely disappointing that some opposition political party have resorted to the ugly spectre of tribalism to canvas for votes in Tuesday’s Masaiti parliamentary by-election, President Lungu has said.
And President Lungu has set his eyes on the 2016 general elections and has called on the leadership of the Patriotic Front (PF) particularly the youths to sharpen their mobilisation skills so that he could win the general elections next year with a landslide.
President Lungu said it was shameful for political leaders to use tribalism as a means of wining votes from the electorate.
Addressing a rally in Masaiti to drum up support for Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Michael Katambo, President Lungu said he was not happy that the ugly head of tribalism had dominated the campaigns in the constituency.
“Anarchists thriving on tribalism to win their way to power should be shamed by rejecting them.
They want to destroy this country through tribalism but let them know that the vice has no room in Zambia. I know for a fact although it may not be documented that Chief Chisunka in Luapula is Tonga and because we are one Zambia one nation, tribe did not stand in the way of chief Chisunka,” President Lungu said.
He said no single tribe would be able to win the presidency for any person wishing to take up the leadership of a country with many tribes such as Zambia.
At the same rally, former MMD Task Force chairman Joe Malanji said he had officially joined the PF after three years of reflection and he was happy with the leadership of President Lungu.
Former Alliance for a Better Zambia President Frank Bwalya said Mr Katambo was the best candidate for the PF because he had continued working for the people while in the opposition.
And President Lungu said the Copperbelt region was the barometer of Zambia’s politics and he was certain that with the discipline the region had exhibited under his leadership, victory would be certain for him and the ruling party in the 2016 general elections.
Addressing the Copperbelt PF leadership at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium yesterday, President Lungu said the ruling party had remained the strongest political party in the region but warned of complacency in their mobilisation programmes.
The Head of State said the political leadership in the region should continue listening to the demands of the people if they were to be supported in the general elections next year.
President Lungu explained that democracy was a contest of ideas and it therefore entailed that it was a struggle and choice for those seeking to govern to be true servants of the people
He advised the PF leadership to ignore the opposition political parties that were spewing malice on his style of governance but concentrate on building the party which had come from a difficult period after the demise of President Michael Sata.
The President said the PF did not have the luxury of time and there was need to continue working hard so that the 2016 general elections could be won without the opposition claiming rigging.