PRESIDENT Lungu has urged traditional rulers to help politicians abandon behaviour that promotes tribalism because no person chooses what tribe to be.
Mr Lungu said he detests the scourge and will do his very best as President to curb the scourge.
“I agree with your Royal Highnesses that tribalism is a menace that comes from politicians and especially when canvassing for votes. For me, I look at quality and not tribe,” President Lungu said.
The head of state was responding to Chief Macha who made a strong presentation that tribalism was a product of politicians and not traditional leaders.
Chief Macha pointed out that traditional leaders enjoy cordial relations with their subjects within and outside their chiefdoms.
In a statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda, Mr Lungu asked the traditional leaders to offer him their best sons and daughters to work with in moving Zambia forward.
The head of state stressed that he will continue to accord his natural respect which is non-negotiable to all traditional leaders and, therefore, there should be nothing political about his actions.
And Chief Siachitema of Kalomo told President Lungu that he is welcome to Southern Province any time.
He said the people of Southern Province love President Lungu and want him to visit the area.
And Chief Macha invited Mr Lungu to Choma on October 15 this year to celebrate the provincial capital’s status as an open defecation-free area, which will also be global hand-washing day.
President Lungu promised to travel to the region on the said day and that he will always create time for the people.