Tribal politics breed division and discontent in a nation and they should not be allowed in modern politics, Senior Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni speaking people of Chipata in the Eastern Province has said.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Senior Chief Madzimawe said politicians, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in the governance of the nation should not at any single time entertain tribal politics.
He said it was unfortunate that some individuals were tribally inclined, but warned that tribalism was worse than cancer because it breeds hate, division and discontent among the people before leading to wars as it was in Rwanda during the genocide in the early 90s.
“Look at Eastern Province, the way we voted during the 20th January presidential elections. We did not vote on tribal lines but we voted on the message our political leaders were sending to us. All political parties got their share according to their message and persuasion,” Senior Chief Madzimawe said.
He explained that the province was one of the areas where the opposition had seats at both parliamentary and ward level, adding that those promoting tribalism should be condemned in the strongest terms.
Senior Chief Madzimawe further said those promoting tribal politics were creating problems for themselves to convince other regions and tribes to vote for them in next year’s general elections.
“It is a well-known fact that Zambians don’t entertain tribalism and those politicians doing it are killing themselves. Who will vote for them if they spread such hate and decisive messages to the people of Zambia? I have to warn them that tribalism is worse cancer, it is worse than HIV-AIDS. It breeds wars; it divides the nation and people in it. Stop tribal politics because they will not win you elections at all,” Senior Chief Madzimawe said.
It is alleged that UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo said people from Southern Province (Tongas) were determined to remove the Patriotic Front government next year, a statement which was viewed by many as tribal.
Mr. Nkombo has come under fire from different sectors of society describing him as a typical tribalist who thinks that a tribe can form government.