VETERAN politician Daniel Munkombwe says the voting pattern in the just ended August 11, 2016 elections results reflects strongholds for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) and not tribalism.
Mr Munkombwe called on the citizenry against talks of tribalism because when they fought for independence they fought as one people.
Speaking in an interview yesterday Mr Munkombe said the current voting pattern in the last elections was not tribal but an indication that the presidential candidates were stronger in those areas where they gathered more votes.
He gave an example of President Elect Edgar Lungu wining in Mwansabombwe as that had nothing to do with tribal just like UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema winning in Shangombo where he did not come from but those were the party’s strong holds.
He said during his time various politicians in the likes of Vernon Mwaanga, Sikota Wina, Humphrey Mulemba and Mainza Chona won parliamentary seats in areas where they did not originate from.
He said he did not want to talk about tribalism because the essence of the one Zambia one nation slogan was for the citizenry to win an election even in areas where they did not originate from.
“We had Humphrey Mulemba winning in Eastern province, Vernon Mwaanga in Luanshya, Sikota Wina also on the Copperbelt but they never came from these areas and that is why we had the One Zambia one Nation.
“These young people were not there when we came up with the one Zambia one nation let them think about the nation,” he said.
Following the just ended elections there has been some post elections talks alleging that certain regions in the country were practicing tribalism because of the voting pattern.