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Denounce ‘Tonga’ Tribalism, PF Challenges HH

UPND-President-Hakainde-Hichilema-addressing-the-media-flanked-by-senior-officials-27-03-2014The Patriotic Front has challenged United Party for National Development, UPND, leader Hakainde Hichilema to denounce the deeply rooted tribalism in the opposition which was heavily manifested at a recent rally in Choma.

PF Secretary General Davies Chama says Hichilema must demonstrate and distance the party from “only a Tonga can lead UPND” tag that has haunted the leading opposition since 2006.

Below is a statement

The Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary-General Davies Chama has condemned the shameless tribalism being promoted by senior members of the party and urged voters to reject politicians seeking to divide Zambia using this scourge.

Chama says the brazen tribalism that was promoted at the opposition party rally in Livingstone on January 13, is gravely troubling and must be condemned by all well-meaning Zambians.

The Secretary-General says the PF does not accept the cosmetic apologies the UPND campaign manager Dipak Patel has frantically being issuing, because he only casually distanced the party from pronouncements by Munkombwe but neglected to address the equally reckless tribal remarks by Vernon Mwaanga and Patrick Mucheleka.

The tribal remarks by the three men can undermine Zambia’s cherished social cohesion and the entrenched values of co-existence among our people.

“It is shocking that Mr Hichilema accepts this tribalism and promises to use it effectively! In own words, Hichilema says the party will use Munkombwe’s endorsement in a diligent manner. This is dangerous and we challenge him to renounce tribalism instead of embracing it,” Chama said.

The Secretary-General said the proposition by Messrs Mwaanga and Mucheleka that that Zambia should choose leaders on tribal rotation basis rather than merit is outrageous and completely away from established democratic principles upon which our beloved Zambia is built.

“The demand by the UPND that Bembas and other tribes must be excluded from seeking the presidency on grounds of tribe is shocking. This brazen expression of tribalism is difficult to understand. We therefore urge voters to reject politician promoting this ugly scourge. The failure by Mr Hichilema to condemn tribalism confirms our worst fears this is official policy in the UPND.”

The PF is disturbed that people who have served in positions of leadership in cabinet and Parliament can pander to such base instincts and resort to promoting tribalism instead of pursuing the established channels of political competition.

“We are not surprised that the ugly head of tribalism has continued to attend the UPND because the very assumption of Mr Hakainde Hichilema to the presidency of the party was on the basis of tribe rather than merit. To this day he has not renounced the public pronouncements by his supporters in 2006 that only a Tonga was to succeed the late Anderson Mazoka!” Chama said.

Issued By: PF Media Campaign Team

26 Comments

  1. Breezy

    True that!

    • from LT

      Late Mazoka was a fountainhead of tribalism. He was fired by KK from Zambia Railways for stealing cattle. He sweet tongued Anglo American Corporation. On his appointment at Anglo American Corp. he ensured everybody at senior position was either a Tonga or a Lozi. HH was appointed on the boards of many Anglo American companies and so were many other tongas who were appointed to senior positions. Tribalism is passed on to HH by his head mentor, a white collar criminal to another white collar criminal. Over to UPND cadres to spew venom and expletives of their favourite liking. Defend the indefensible.

      • Native

        LT, Mazoka resigned from ZR. He had already gotten a job as Technical manager at Boart Zambia Ltd When he left and was also running TABA MOTORS in kabwe a Shell & BP dealership then. Mazoka rose to GM at Boart before being appointed Anglo Group MD on merit ahead of Richard Chanter (then Ridgeway Hotel GM). We’ve lost enough time electing low grade candidates in the past when much better personnel was available to serve the country. Andy was ZR Deputy GM when the firm bought what was then very high quality brand new trains from japan in 1974 (2 luangwa ordinary and 2 kafue express trains). He was persuaded to leave a good job at General Electric in the US to return to serve his country mind you. Since there’s never been proven evidence of the stolen cattle comment will be unnecessary. We have an opportunity to hire the best possible person to manage our country and provide pragmatic leadership. Let us NOT waste time with this tribal talk nonsense and make the right choice, kwaata.

  2. P Kazhila

    Mr. Chama, focus on your campaigns you still have many areas to visit. You only have 3 days now. PF is losing this election!

  3. Tek

    This man could read what Dipak Patel wrote.Don’t politicise tribalism. Chama just eplain why your edgar could not attend.

  4. living legend

    Chama we know you are trying to create a “smoke screen” for your candidates failure to attend the debates. Dipak disassociated himself already. Those remarks were made by a PF minister who was not yet preview to the operations and culture of the UPND. Tell us, why did Edy fail to run his many rallies today? Don’t create distractions and diversions! We want to know what is going on with you guys. Too secretive!

    • from LT

      Late Mazoka was a fountainhead of tribalism. He was fired by KK from Zambia Railways for stealing cattle. He sweet tongued Anglo American Corporation. On his appointment at Anglo American Corp. he ensured everybody at senior position was either a Tonga or a Lozi. HH was appointed on the boards of many Anglo American companies and so were many other tongas who were appointed to senior positions. Tribalism is passed on to HH by his head mentor, a white collar criminal to another white collar criminal. Over to UPND cadres to spew venom and expletives of their favourite liking. Defend the indefensible.

  5. sydo jolex

    Don,t wast tme talking about things which are not true just tel us why yo lungu could not attend a rally in choma was he drank?

    • from LT

      Late Mazoka was a fountainhead of tribalism. He was fired by KK from Zambia Railways for stealing cattle. He sweet tongued Anglo American Corporation. On his appointment at Anglo American Corp. he ensured everybody at senior position was either a Tonga or a Lozi. HH was appointed on the boards of many Anglo American companies and so were many other tongas who were appointed to senior positions. Tribalism is passed on to HH by his head mentor, a white collar criminal to another white collar criminal. Over to UPND cadres to spew venom and expletives of their favourite liking. Defend the indefensible.

      • pillar

        the question is who will take over UPND if HH fails again? Another Tonga? I wait to see what will happen and I am sure many Zambians are equally eager to see

  6. alex

    LT or whatever you call youself don’t talk about mazoka here the man whose votes you stole and let you killed him. Under mazoka zambia would have been a country of peace & wealth unlike under you idiots of the centuary.munkombwe is not UPND but is PF Minister.he has learnt the language of pf,violence hate & trible.

  7. Native

    Old man Munkombwe is a PF Minister. He was probably sent to attend the rally to say what he did. VJ has been the most neutral tonga you’ll ever know and was even beaten at Andy’s funeral at “ku malende” by UPND youths. Is it tribal for Mucheleka to support HH? Isn’t Mucheleka being a true unifying parliamentarian by pooling the best personnel possible to develop zambia? VJ gave his youthful years under KK to zambia and later served under FTJ, Levy, RB who all came from different geographical areas of zambia. I’m neither an easterner, northerner or southerner. PF’s tribal song they keep playing on UPND is now sounding like a “sungura label” scratched wax record. In the meantime PF ministers have been getting “mahala” money while playing a “Mr. Kupe” (AWOL) on us their employers. Get real you’ve landed us into an unsustainable debt situation of US $4.7 billion yet the real value of the infrastructure built so far does not amount to that debt sum total. Discipline your own ranks first.

  8. hamaundu

    HH can only manage to rule cows not people please say no to tribalism viva Edger

  9. hamaundu

    Alex don’t be emotional how old are you?

    • pillar

      the question is who will take over UPND if HH fails again? Another Tonga? I wait to see what will happen and I am sure many Zambians are equally eager to see

  10. sugar

    Heroes stadium here comes mr E L

  11. Native

    It’s your age we should enquire after, Hamaundu. Do you know of any cattle in the employ of Grant Thornton Zambia that are specialized in accounting, audit, tax and management consultancy? Do you know of any Grant Thornton client that sued the firm and specifically cited its then Managing Partner, HH, for impropriety? When you do, please let us know so that those of us that have chosen to vote HH may review our choice.

  12. the stoun

    Our Smart President – HH “Hakainde
    UPND tribal leader Hakainde Hichilema has vowed to go to State House even if it means killing one another.
    Meanwhile, the tribal leader has declared he would teach Bembas an electoral lesson in 2016.

    A UPND insider has told Tumfweko that HH yesterday vowed ahead of his appearance before the Lusaka Magistrate Court that it was now or never that he would rule Zambia.

    The source explained that HH has already vowed never to accept anything short of ‘victory’ shortly after the 2016 polls.

    “Actually HH has vowed that he would rule Zambia even if it means shedding blood. He thinks it’s now or never but what he is forgetting is that this is politics where you don’t overvalue yourself. Anything can happen, “said the Source.

    The source further explained that HH has already declared himself winner on paper before the chief justice can do it.

    And HH has declared he would teach Bembas a bitter lesson and end their dominance in Zambian politics.”

    • pillar

      the question is who will take over UPND if HH fails again? Another Tonga? I wait to see what will happen and I am sure many Zambians are equally eager to see

  13. The Condor

    Drunkard’ PF Minister, Edgar Lungu, Prompts Point of Order in Parliament
    Peter Adamu | October 26, 2012
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    Zambia’s home affairs minister Edgar Lungu’s alleged levels of intoxication this morning prompted opposition members of parliament to raise a point of order demanding a medical test to ascertain his capacity to operate normally.

    Lungu, a Lusaka-based lawyer, who is haunted by his careless intake of alcohol, is struggling to come to terms with his social life and a high profile position in the PF government.

    This morning the minister in charge of sensitive wings such as the Zambia Police and the intelligence was visibly drunk and reeking of beer.

    Opposition members were upset and demanded that Lungu be tested for the levels of alcohol intake and be prove whether he was drunk on duty or not.

    The Ministry of Foreign affairs, where Lungu is head, has recently experienced gaffes which are sometimes corrected by permanent secretary Maxwell Nkole under duress.

    Members of parliament from the opposition are expressing disappointment with Lungu’s attitude towards government business and are wondering how the PF will tackle serious issues affecting the country if Lungu will continue attending parliament in a drunken stupor.

    Lungu sometimes appears drunk at press briefings and his statements become incoherent.

  14. trust

    tribal talks is for pipo who have no tribe in Zambia. HH is pure Tonga, EL unknown and many writers here dont know their tribes. they are refugees hence the foolish tribal talk.

  15. MULENGA

    Failure 2 tell pipo real issues has led pf in looking 4 faults in UPND. Time has come 4 change. For christians there’s no need of voting on tribal basis but on which leader has SUBSTANCE. Zambians don’t b mislead, we need some1 who was prepard 2 b a president not a chancer. Viva HH!

  16. Kapolyo

    For me “distancing” themselves from Daniel’s tribal sentiments is NOT the solution. They have refused to APOLOGIZE! !!! When Bishop Chomba misspoke at the PF rally in Kabwe the entire republican president APOLOGIZED UNRESERVEDLY. We have heard no similar apology. That smacks of reckless pride and double standards. I have therefore resolved to vote for EL and will do everything in my humble power to influence as many as possible not to vote for HH. At least that means 3,000 votes….

  17. fwe ba real

    don’t worry H.E Chagwa shall carry the day come 20th

  18. Mulenga

    ‎Dear HH Supporters,

    This man Xavier Chungu you fear so much,the late President chiluba got so disappointed in one By Election and remarked in reference to his intelligence chief “No wonder the English say empty tins make a lot noise”.

    You have overated him so highly like a sophisticated “James Bond 007”.

    This is truth:-

    1.Xavier Chungu is naturally a liar.
    2.Xavier Chungu loves money and Women.
    3.Xavier Chungu is a very extravagant spender.
    4.Xavier Chungu is broke
    5.Xavier Chungu is bulshitting PF with a Parallel Intelligence structure aiming to maximise personal finances at the expense of lies.
    6.Xavier Chungu is and has tried very hard with no results to go to Bed with HH.
    7.‎Xavier Chungu has no IT skills to Rigg the election and all Defense forces are the worst and extremely backward with IT systems even an internet cafe in Chelstone is more sophisticated than what is there combined in ZAF,Zambia Army and ZNS.

    Zambian Watchdog is infiltrated by two wars namely:

    1.Election War.
    2.Parallel Intelligence War-

    Both wars involve a lot of Psychological Warfare in which the end result and Aim is to keep you voters at home with assumptions that “Even if you voted,the election has already been rigged by PF!So I will note Vote since its already decided”

    Understand these things and analyse them critically as learned People before you succumb to the trap of “Psy War”.

    Regards,

    Concerned Zambian in the Circle of Confusion.
    Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

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