HERE in Southern Province there is a cancer of tribal hatred, especially against Bembas, which is spreading at a fast rate and if left unchecked, it may lead to catastrophic consequences of ethnic conflict.
Unfortunately even some politicians seem to be encouraging this hatred.
Each time there are general elections, threats like “if HH wins all Bembas will be chased back to where they came from”, become very common, especially in Mazabuka.
“You will carry the houses you are building on your heads,” some would say.
Nowadays one cannot speak Bemba freely for fear of being castigated. So if you don’t know Tonga, you better speak Nyanja because it seems to be more accepted than Bemba.
Surely what wrong have Bembas done to the Tongas to deserve such threats?
Is this not a recipe for ethnic conflict in the country? I feel pity for those innocent and hardworking Tongas who have settled outside Southern Province because they will equally not be spared by the conflict. Please fellow Zambians, let us learn to think outside the box. Zambia is the only country we have and we need to seriously safeguard the peace we have enjoyed since independence.