ZAMBIA has been a peaceful and united country and no single politician should ever be allowed to politically and ethnically divide the nation for political expediency, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has said.
UPND Lusaka Province women’s chairperson Rose Zulu said Information and Broadcasting Services minister Chishimba Kambwili should be admonished for having ignored President Edgar Lungu’s directive to stop the Patriotic Front (PF) senior officials and ministers from commenting on tribalism.
Ms Zulu said the women in the UPND were not happy with Mr Kambwili’s tribal remarks and had decided to report him to police and it was their hope that the law enforcement officers were not going to procrastinate in taking action.
She said President Lungu had given clear instructions to the PF to avoid commenting on tribalism but Mr Kambwili had disregarded the directive and had refused to show remorse on his hate speech and offensive tribal talk against the people of Southern Province.
Ms Zulu said the women in the UPND were protesting against Mr Kambwili’s alleged tribal sentiments and wanted President Lungu to discipline the Chief Government spokesperson because he had exhibited signs of being unrepentant.
She said President Lungu was aware that Mr Kambwili was wrong and blasphemous by insinuating that the people of Southern Province would reject Jesus Christ in preference for their tribesman if the Son of God contested for a political position on a different political party.
“Zambia has been a peaceful and united country since independence and we should as a citizenry never allow any politician to divide the nation on the basis of tribe and political expediency.
’’Mr Kambwili speaks on behalf of the PF Government and whatever he says is believed to be the position of Government. But President Lungu knows that Mr Kambwili was wrong to continue with his tribal talk and hate speech against the people of Southern Province and that is why he has banished comments on tribalism and hate speech.
“Regrettably however, Mr Kambwili has refused to show repentance and has continued being vile in his language. It is our desire that President Lungu should take action and the police should quickly move in and arrest him (Kambwili),” Ms Zulu said.
Mr Kambwili is alleged to have said one political party in Zambia was so tribal that even if Jesus Christ was brought on earth to stand for elections, Zambians from a certain region would reject the Son of God and vote for their own tribesman as president.