Tonga chiefs have forgiven Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama for his remarks suggesting that the UPND would not form Government for another 100 years unless members sired more children from their polygamous marriages, which offended the Tongas.
This follows an apology by Vice President Inonge Wina who regretted that the remarks directed at the UPND had caused offence to the Tonga people.
Speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders in Southern Province, Chief Chipepo yesterday told the Daily Nation that the impasse between Mr. Chama and the Tonga people had effectively ended following the apology from Vice President Wina last Friday in Parliament.
Chief Chipepo praised Ms. Wina for taking a bold step to apologise on behalf of Mr. Chama; a move he said would foster national unity and mutual understanding among Zambians.
“On behalf of my fellow Tonga chiefs and other chiefs, we accept your apology and forgive Mr. Chama for what he said and we, as your Tonga chiefs, will continue to pray for you and the President because you have demonstrated leadership,” he said.
Chief Chipepo observed that it was important for Zambians to live according to the status of the country as a Christian nation by exercising forgiveness towards one another just like what Jesus had done by forgiving a man who had sinned.
“Zambia is a Christian nation so there is need for us to kneel down and thank God for what he has done by bringing reconciliation among us. We thank God for the answered prayers of forgiveness of one another through Jesus Christ.
“We accept your apology as a mother of PF in Parliament. You have shown Godly leadership, just like what Jesus did in Luke 34:33 when he said ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’ and God forgives those who forgive others,” he said.
On Friday, Mrs Wina unreservedly apologised to the people of Southern Province on behalf of the Patriotic Front (PF) over the derogatory remarks attributed to Mr. Chama.
Ms. Wina made the apology in Parliament in response to a question from Mazabuka Central UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who wanted to know why the Vice-President has not issued a comprehensive statement on the matter despite promising to do so.
She observed that it was sad that the remarks attributed to Mr Chama angered the people of Southern Province.
“It is very unfortunate that the remarks made by the secretary general of the Patriotic Front angered the people of Southern Province. As a party, we believe in unity and I want to apologise on behalf of the party to the people of Southern Province,” Ms. Wina said.
The Vice-President said there was need for Zambians to start a new chapter and work in unity to help foster development in the country.
She said the party had instituted disciplinary measures against Mr. Chama without divulging details of what action had been taken against him.