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Litunga Decries Tribalism Cancer

THE Litunga of the Lozi speaking people of Western Province says tribalism is slowly destroying the good relationships that were created by forefathers.

In his speech read by the Ngambela at the 2018 Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people in Katete on Saturday, Litunga described tribalism as a cancer which should not be allowed to grow further.

He said tribalism was a disease of mind, body and soul adding that traditional leaders should crush it.

“I wish to address the ever growing cancer of tribalism. As traditional leaders, we should not allow this cancer to grow any further. I wish to take this opportunity to challenge leaders to join and spearhead the fight against tribalism. This cancer is slowly destroying the good relationships that were cultivated by our forefathers and left for us to nature,” he said.

Litunga said traditional cultural exchange programme was a fountain of peace in the country and should be appreciated by all Zambians.

He said traditional leaders continue to play an important role in matters of governance and development.

And in his welcoming speech at the ceremony that was read by his Induna David Phiri, Kalonga Gawa Undi said Education was the key to success and that its importance especially for the young people was very critical for the attainment of the much needed prosperity.

Gawa Undi said early marriages were a practice that should be discouraged as they impact negatively on the girl child.

“May I appeal to all our chiefs and the Chewa people at large to disregard some of our traditional practices that endanger our lives,” he said.

Gawa Undi paid tribute to the Litunga for accepting to grace the ceremony.

Early this year, Kalonga Gawa Undi graced Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people.

Chiefs Affairs minister Lawrence Sichalwe, Local government minister Vincent Mwale, Eastern Province minister Makebi Zulu, Eastern Province

PS Chanda Kasolo and Malawi’s minister of Civic Education and

Community Development Grace Chiumya where among the many people that attended the Kulamba ceremony.

 

19 Comments

  1. Mr Peace

    It is very unfortunate that things like TRIBE can still have that value to discrimination. This act is extremely disgusting and actually primitive If RACISM is globerly condemned, what is tribalism please.People of the same land. Being so foolish simply because of language difference?Why behaving like vibanthu va mu Bible olo vibene Shaka vimambuli vachabe chabe?

  2. Mr. K

    Can Tonga chief speak against tribalism? They enjoy tribalism

  3. Benny

    Mr k u r right this Cancer was brought by Tonga peoples in 2006 when mazoka died in order 2 find a replacement sakwiba sikota was then vice President of the UPND but Tonga’s rejected him by telling him that he is not a Tonga from that day even HH came 2 confirm it that only a Tonga can be at UPND’s helm tribalism emerged from where Dr Kaunda buried it.

    • Laughing stock

      Benny and Mr K please don’t say like that. Let’s comment on positive things that can benefit all. We are all human beings created by the most High JEHOVAH. The chief is right let’s stop the Cancer of tribalism. Am a Bemba by tribe but we are in very good terms with Haluguni Mwaanga and Siyuni Muloma.

  4. phillip matavu

    This trabalisn shall never take us anywhere brethrens refren from even forming regional political parties

  5. LM

    United we stand and divided we fall. I like the way chiefs from Eastern. They attend most ceremonies in Zambia that’s the spirit . We need to change for the for the better.. .we need to stop the habit of only employing our relatives in jobs…4example in a bank same region(workers from one tribe)… Tefintu

  6. Laz

    yalikosa kano abanensu bakaichinje. abena west & south

  7. Mr. K

    There is no tribalism in western province

    • CHIKALA

      I ONCE HAD A LOZI PROSTITUTE WHEN I WENT TO VISIT HER I FOUND THEM HAVING LUNCH THEY DID NOT GREET ME UNTIL THE FINISHED….. THE LOZI BEHAVIOUR WHICH IS TRIBAL WHEN IT COMES TO EATING

    • One People

      I agree with you that tribalism is not a serious issue in Western Province, but the lectures that they have been receiving from tribalists in other provinces have made them trainee tribalists.

  8. happy

    i wish 2 recommend our great chief Litunga who for the first time in zambia has come out so strongly against tribelism. i wish him well & may God give him more grace that his words may transform zambia

  9. Leon

    EVERY BODY SAYS THERE IS TRIBALISM IN ZAMBIA BUT NO ONE IS EAGER TO DEAL WITH THE DEMON. ANY ONE SAYING THERE IS TRIBALISM IN ZAMBIA SHOULD SINGLE OUT SUCH CHARACTER BECAUSE IF ONE HAS NO EVIDENCE BETTER KEEP QUIET LESS SUCH BECAMES THE PERPETRATOR

  10. Kampeni

    Mazoka made UPND a national party
    Sakwiba Sikota, a Lozi, as Vice President was supposed to take over until someone publicly shouted:”ONLY A TONGA CAN LEAD UPND.” the rest is history. For those who don’t like history, that is how Hakainde Hichilema became UPND president. He never had any position in the UPND but his qualification was that of being a Tonga.
    NOW IF THAT IS NOT TRIBALISM, WHAT IS IT?

  11. One People

    Kampeni,
    Are you sure that Hakainde Hichilema was not a top official in the UPND?
    If it is true, then I agree with you that it is tribalism by Hakainde Hichilema and those who supported him.
    Shame!

    • BEMBA CHIEF

      BA LOZI UBUTUTU SANA ,THEY BEHAVE AS IF THEY OWN ZAMBIA KUTUMPA SANA

  12. Sillka simata

    Education is the key to eradicate tribalisim in Zambia.

  13. Love your neighbor

    The level at which Tongas are being accused is alarming, In PF apart from Easterners & Northerners which other tribe has ever led? Politics is a very wrong gauge to use in determining who is tribal & not, all politicians are selfish, I mean all please. I see no reason why a human being should say this one is bad I’m perfect even Bembas are tribalist, its only that they are fast at pointing a figer at Tongas, lets unite & stop finger pointing because it will bring fire in our nation.

  14. Nkoya Beauty

    Zambia has 73 tribes. What do you expect? does britain has more than i tribe? or france, or spain or portugal? Thats why there is no tribalism there. people have always grouped themselves according to their kind. that is natural. In Zambia they all want us to be bemba or nsenga or ngoni. thats unnatural. people must be free to speak their languages and live according to their cultures. you may not succeed as well to Englishnise everyone. In Barotseland, there are 25 tribes, but you want everyone to speak loss! if we speak nkoya, or kwangwa or mound, then its tribalism! people want to favor each other according to the family clans and language they speak or where they come from. I visited south Africa. Its the best model of Africanism. a Sotho will speak to a Xhosa in Sotho, and the Xhosa will answer in Xhosa but the sotho will understand. each one speaks his own language. what is wrong in that?Look at the top! All you hear of are Northerners or easterners. its almost like its a curse. most lozis especially prefer to use bemba or easteaners surnames in order to be accepted in society. today, they even call Barotseland as a tribalism! The whites were wrong in grouping us all as black people under one country. that was wrong! In the civilized world, each and every province in zambia would be a a nation and country on its own. europeans with the help of people like King Lewanika grouped up many tribes and made them into one country because all they wanted was mineral resources. when the blacks got independent, they continued the whitman’s mind and today rule with decree and tyranny. its actually horrible to be a tonga, nkoya, lenje, luyana or sala and many other indigenous minority tribes because of lack of acceptance. If King Lubosi was serious with tackling tribalism, he would not be having dark meetings with President Lungu pretending to revise the Barotseland agreement, without involving other people in Barotseland like Nkoyas, kwangwas, subiyas, luvales or bounds and others. So it starts from there…..

  15. Disciple

    We Ar Jst Westng Tym Talkng About Triballizm, U Leave It In Yo House But U Point Yo Friend,we’r Jst 4filing The Words 4rm The Bible, Why Ist Isrealite Bost 2b Choosen One, Ist Not Tribalism? In Zambia We Breath Tribalism,eat Tribalism, Speak Tribalism, Vote Tribalism, Its Our Nature. Its Only God 2 Help Us Not A Human Being.

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