Zambians have become foreigners in their own land because the state of the nation today is one of strife and retribution while citizens have continued being subjected to unbridled political violence and other forms of harassment, says Heritage Party (HP) president Godfrey Miyanda.
Gen Miyanda said lies, tribalism, racism, regionalism and nepotism have sadly become part of Zambia’s philosophy and culture.
In his message to commemorate the Heroes and Unity Days which fall on July 1-2, Gen Miyanda said it was disheartening that first republican president Kenneth Kaunda had silently been watching Zambia adopt the philosophy of lies, tribalism, regionalism and nepotism.
Gen Miyanda said instead of condemning the vices, Dr Kaunda has been showering praises on those who had the power to rein in their violent thugs adding that his silence was urging the cadres to continue with their violent acts against other citizens.
“What is unity? Unity for what? The state of the nation today is one of strife and retribution. Zambians have become foreigners in their own land and those who are alive today are subjected to unbridled political violence and other forms of harassment,
”Additionally, lies, tribalism, racism, regionalism and nepotism are now part of our philosophy and culture while our founding heroes such as Dr Kenneth Kaunda are watching in the background, showering praises on those who have power to rein in their violent cadres,” Gen Miyanda said.
Gen Miyanda wondered how lies and a skewed history could bring people together in a country where divisions have become clear.
General Miyanda said there would be no celebration of unity in a country where reconciliation has been swallowed in what he termed as duplicitous state of affairs.
He said with the prevalent violent political situation in the country, there would be no genuine celebration of the Heroes and Unity day in the country.
Gen Miyanda said the only heroes and heroines would be those citizens who would preach to the nation messages on peace, unity and reconciliation and those who would refrain from lying and deception as a means to gain their political objectives.
“BIGOCA and Kampasa are still fresh on people’s minds. The irony is that those who beat up, killed and maimed unarmed Zambians are the very ones who rushed to fiancé the funerals and use the public media to wail loudest. Talk of blowing hot and cold!,” Gen Miyanda said.
Gen Miyanda said the Heroes and Unity Days was a chance for Zambians to reflect on how best to correct the political history of the country which he said has remained incomplete.
Gen Miyanda described a hero or heroine as citizens who carried out noble acts, or those who die while doing something brave or noble. General Miyanda eulogized heroes such as Timothy Kankasa, Mathew Nkoloma, Solomon Kalulu, Lawrence Katilungu and Finess Bulawayo.
He also wondered what could have happened to Harry Nkumbula, Nalumino Mundia, Zilole Mumba, Zeniah Ndhlovu adding two personalities that hit his memory were Lilian Burton and Omelo Mumba.