VICE President Inonge Wina has unreservedly apologised that seemingly tribal remarks uttered against a political leader had offended the Tonga people of Southern Province.
Mrs. Wina, speaking on behalf of the Patriotic Front in Parliament, apologised that the remarks made by her party’s general secretary Davis Chama targeted at the UPND president had been interpreted as an insult against all the Tonga people “For this I on behalf of the party apologise.” she said in Parliament yesterday.
Ms Wina said PF believed in promoting unity among the people of Zambia and apologised to traditional leaders and the people of Southern Province if the words by Mr. Chama caused embarrassment and anger among the Tonga people.
She explained that President Edgar Lungu met Tonga chiefs to resolve the matter adding that the President agreed during the meeting with the chiefs that he would engage Mr Chama over the matter.
Ms Wina was responding to a question raised by Mazabuka UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who wanted to know the outcome of the meeting that President Lungu had with traditional leaders from Southern province aimed at ironing out concerns regarding Mr Chama.
This was during the Vice Presidents question time in Parliament yesterday.
And MMD Sinda Member of Parliament Levy Ngoma also raised similar concerns after he wanted to know from the Vice President what disciplinary measures the PF had taken against Mr Chama.
Mr Ngoma, who welcomed the Vice President’s apology in the House, however said Mr. Chama was on record as having refused to apologise over his remarks against the people of Southern Province.
But Vice President Inonge Wina said the party had already taken disciplinary measures against Mr Chama and asked the people of Southern Province to accept the apology.
Ms Wina also revealed that Patriotic Front (PF) President Edgar Lungu internally disciplined Mr Chama for his derogatory remarks.
She said it was a pity that politicians were the one who were trying to publicize ‘tribalism’ out of context in order to solicit for votes.
“The Patriotic Front unreservedly apologizes and we hope to start a new beginning,” Ms Wina said.
And Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo has commended Ms Wina for apologizing to the Tonga Speaking people of Southern Province.