UPND Spokesperson and Choma MP Cornelius Mweetwa has categorically denied the existence of a song called ‘Mu Bemba ngu satani (a Bemba is a devil)’. I a statemennt released to the media today, Mr Mweetwa said that all UPND Mps have consulted on the song anc concluded that it the reports about it were falsehood designed to diminish the standing of the UPND.
Yesterday, MMD acting national trustee Elizabeth Chitika-Molobeka said that that UPND should not to be quick to condemn her over her tribal remarks when they were the biggest culprits of pushing the tribal agenda in their villages.
“In Southern Province, they have composed a song in which they are saying ‘Mu Bemba ngu satani (a Bemba is a devil)’. This is a tribal song preaching hatred. All campaign posters for non-Tonga candidates are being pulled down, including for the ruling party,” she stated.
Below is the full letter from Mr Mweetwa
I Cornelius Mweetwa MP for Choma Central and UPND Deputy Spokesperson am dismayed to hear about the accusations being purported across sections of the media concerning an alleged song in which Bembas are discriminated against in the Tonga language.
This rumour has been met with grave concern by my fellow MPs in Southern Province. We have all consulted on the matter and concluded that these reports are falsehoods designed to diminish the standing of the UPND and in turn denigrate our clear message of a United Zambia.
Even though this claim is clearly untrue and has no link to the UPND party it raises an issue that all Zambians regardless of tribe, province or political affiliation must remain vigilant against: that of tribalism.
We in the UPND do not condone any format of discrimination; racism or tribalism and we expect the same standards in the other parties who we will compete against in January’s election.
As UPND and our party President Hakainde Hichilema, we have continued to preach the message of unity and hope with the foundations being on an issue-based campaign: this message has so far been accepted countrywide.
Cornelius Mweetwa MP,
Deputy Spokeperson of the UPND