Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says he has utmost respect for all tribes in Zambia.
Mr Hichilema said he believes Zambia is made up of tribes with unique culture and traditions that all are equal.
He said the UPND treats all ethnic groupings as equal and important for Zambia’s social, cultural and economic development.
The UPND leader was speaking in an interview shortly after attending the Builile traditional ceremony in Chiengi, Luapula province.
Mr Hichilema also held private talks with Chief Puta and other senior Chiefs at the Kuta in Chiengi.
Mr Hichilema was recently attacked by MMD President Nevers Mumba for not attending traditional ceremonies in Luapula Province after he missed out on the Umutomboko ceremony.
“If we are going to develop and transform this country, we need the contribution of all ethnic groups without looking down on others,” Mr Hichilema said in an interview.
Mr Hichilema said this is the reason the UPND strongly condemned recent tribal remarks by Vice President Guy Scott in a BBC interview that the UPND is a minority tribe.
“We asked him to apologise and we are glad he did. There is no minority or majority tribe in Zambia, we are all equal and that is what the UPND believes in,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND once elected into office will transform the institution of Chiefs into a major development tool for rural development.
“We will not use Chiefs for patronage and appeasement. We will empower them to be conduits of real development for the local people,” he said.