United Party for National Development (UPND) has disassociated itself from tribal comments made at the Choma rally yesterday by Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe.
In a statement released to the media and signed by Campaign Manager Dipak Patel, UPND said that any appeal made by Mr Munkombwe on a rally addressed by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema that people should vote on tribal lines is rejected by the party.
The party further said that the foundation of its message has been one of national unity, inclusiveness and equality.
Below is the full statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
14 January 2015
We wish to disassociate ourselves completely from comments made at the Choma rally yesterday by PF Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe.
Any appeal he made to voters based on tribe is rejected by our campaign completely. The foundation of our message has always been one of national unity, inclusiveness and equality. This is without exception.
We also stand in direct opposition to past remarks of Mr Munkonbwe who has been reported as saying “politicians go into government to eat”. This is in direct contrast to our position.
Indeed, the selfishness and poor quality leadership of politicians in the past is what has held Zambia back from reaching its potential, it is the reason why our people remain in poverty even though there is so much natural wealth within our borders.
We are encouraging Zambians to vote for Mr Hichilema because of his desire to serve all Zambians, his track record as an economic manager and successful farmer, his Christian values and his opposition to tribal and panga politics.
UPND Campaign Manager