HH and his team attending the burial of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
HH and his team attending the burial of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has urged Zambians not to discriminate each other on the basis of tribe.

Mr Hichilema said in no uncertain terms, Zambia is facing ethnic conflicts.

He said ethnic fighting need urgent attention to be addressed.

Mr Hichilema was speaking on Friday at the burial of late Mangano Member of Parliament Naluwa Mweene who passed away in a tragic road traffic accident in Kaoma.

“No one chose to be born a Mbunda, Nkoya, Lozi, Kachokwe, Bisa, Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Nsenga, Chewa, Ngoni, Lenje, Bemba, Illa, Tonga or Sala among our over 73 tribes, so stop the evil tribal divisions,” Mr Hichilema said.

He added, “It is God’s creation and anyone who challenges such a creation, does that against God, Almighty.”

“Therefore, let’s live as one and focus our minds on developing our country for the greater good.”

Mr. Hichilema said it was a pity that a vibrant young MP had lost his life so early.

“Mwene, did his part and let’s continue from where he has left to be with the Lord and may his soul rest in peace and may God give the Mwene family strength once more,” he said.

Mr Hichilema requested the family to look after the children and widow whom the late had left.

“Mwene was full of energy as a young community and national leader who left his teaching profession to be a politician. Losing a young Parliamentarian is not only painful but saddening especially that a young family remains behind. A family that looked up to him for both moral and physical support.”

He added, “Mwene died while on national duty; in this case a local government by-election in Shikombwe ward of Mangango constituency caused by a mere and unnecessary resignation of our councillor who has joined his party of choice.”

“This unfortunate and untimely death is as a result of this by-election but we would like to encourage everyone out there that leadership is service to the community and not oneself and therefore, we must remain strong serving the people and not allow to be bought through pieces of silver.”

“Honourable Mwene is gone, but his works will speak volumes and ours is to support the family in this trying moment.

Mr Hichilema thanked the multitudes of people who had come to mourn with the family and stated that this is how it should be.

Late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene casket
Late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene casket
Late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene’s widow helped as he lays wreaths on the grave
Late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene’s widow helped as he lays wreaths on the grave
!HH and his team at the funeral of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
!HH and his team at the funeral of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
The UPND team laying wreaths at the grave of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
The UPND team laying wreaths at the grave of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
HH attending the burial of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
HH attending the burial of late Mangango MP Naluwa Mweene
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    • “Those who use skin-lightening creams and hot combs to straighten their hair are Exhibit A of the phenomenon. We must fight insider Afrophobia to get other races to treat us and our children with full dignity. You can’t hate yourself and expect others to love you.”

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    • HH is very correct. We are quick to point at white people for racism and yet we create artificial divisions along tribal lines. Let u celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity. A tribe is superior nor inferior to another tribe. Long libe Zambia and best wishes to HH

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    • The one thing I absolutely loathe about politicians in Zambia; They say one thing and do the opposite. Both sides, PF and UPND, are guilty of perpetrating tribalism when it furthers their ends. And both sides are quick to point a finger at the other.
      Bushe mwebena Zambia, don’t you know we all came from the same place? We ended uip.as different tribes because of migration. Why can’t we learn this and stop this *****ic nonsense of tribalism? I mean, even some people on this blog….all you can do is post tribal crap. Stop it! Just stop!

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    • HH is right. Am actually suprised that he has not said more on this issue. We cant bury our head in the sand. This is now a national crisis and the cause ofcourse is PF politics. We need genuine politicians with vision to diffuse this ticking time bomb otherwise this country will disintegrate.
      The cracks are already very visisble.

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    • I like this young man already. Put this on twitter so we can retwit this video. Lungu and his stooges are a bunch of thieves. Lungu went to China to beg so he and his stooges can still 90% of it.

      We need many of such videos put out there. Also watch these video to keep the fight to get rid of Lungu alive and on going.
      *****LINKS ARE PROHIBITED*************

      Lungu must go by any means possible. I am sick and tired of his murderous antics, his theft of both votes and taxpayers money and his utter stup1idity. I don’t about you?

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    • Too late! The monster will eat you before it is tamed. KK worked so hard and all of us Zambians to bury it but you resurrected it with your people.

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  1. You started it so stop it. Go to Southern Province tell your tribesmen to welcome all people especially Bembas there like we welcome all tribes in Luapula. Ask Sejani wherever he’s to retract his warcry that only a To..must lead Upnd.

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    • Stop your tribalism Ndanje. Some of us have lived most of our lives in Southern province without feeling any discrimination. Where have you lived yourself? Don’t cheat people. The Tonga are much better than some tribes that even refuse to speak other languages except their own wherever they are and no Tonga harasses them for that.

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    • I am not a tribalist by any measure. The problem with your Upnd is that you always want to play victim. I am not too deaf to hear the anti bemba talk that goes on at a tennis club on the copperbelt. On the contrary non Upnd members of this club never discuss tribe. In fact it’s like you ask your opponent in a fight to stop throwing blows but you still continue throwing yours. My family members are married in different tribes. More importantly the person who brought me up was from North Western Province. But I am not to blind not to see the hatred you people have for the bembas. It’s not a give the other cheek situation. It’s give and take.

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    • Ndanji

      I can equally tell you that among by bemba friends , during elections , the centre of topic is how they can never allow a Tonga to lead the country… …….

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  2. Tybal talk started with your declaration of UPND presidency by Mutinta Mazoka and Ackson Sejane. None other should lead UPND than???
    You chased Sakwiba Sikota after hacking him.
    You stop being trybal and the landscape will change for the better.

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    • Where you there or you have been brainwashed to that effect and you wish to continue that? Between Hakainde and Sakwiba, I would bet all day long that Hakainde is a better leader and better person so in as much as things the succession was full of the unwanted happenings I still believe the right person was installed

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    • And that’s exactly what the problem is @MM731. The fact that you say “the right person was INSTALLED!”

      In a democratic dispensation, leaders are supposed to be EVALUATED and ELECTED based on a democratic system….and NEVER installed like Kings, Queens, Chiefs, and the like. Political leadership in a system like ours shouldn’t be dependent on bloodlines, kinship (familial or otherwise), or tribal affiliations. And if you people in UPND don’t recognize how divisive the statements made by the likes of Sejani are, then you will NEVER understand why HH/UPND has such a hard time convincing people on the topic of trabalism.

      To compound the problem, HH/UPND has never distanced himself/itself from Sejani’s statements. As a result, even if he (HH) is 100 percent sincere in his…

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    • Continue…

      feelings on this topic, the whole thing comes across as forced, phony, expedient, and opportunistic. You have even made matters worse for yourselves by showing such disdain for things like the ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION motto. In short, the history of HH’s UPND after Mazoka’s death on this issue (tribalism) betrays his rhetoric.

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  3. go to southern province and tell all the people there including Chief Mukuni that there are bembas and ngonis in thia country who have political parties.
    can you imagine that eastern province was once UNIP, then MMD took over, now it is PF,, but in southern province it has remained a to,.nga area and only a to,,nga party Can win there

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    • Stop blowing the trumpet of tribalism and fanning the embers of tribal tensions it can easilly lead to bloodshed.Zambia isn’t immune from bloody tribal conflagration.

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    • Which school did you go to Spaka? In Luapula last election HH was getting in most cases 4,000 against Edgars 15,000. If that’s 100% to you then I have the answer as to why you always claim victory even when you have lost. Conversely southern province and other anti bemba provinces give HH at least 98% of the vote. Just come down to earth instead of hanging in space.

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    • Ndanji

      Atleast I answer instead of taking cover like you when asked something , like tell us why 80 to 90 % of bembas and northerners support pf ?

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  4. Well, I am still reminded of the attacks by UPND members on those that hailed from other provinces in Namwala in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. HH never bothered to raise his voice against those that went on rampage attacking Zambians from other provinces. Neither did he show humanity towards those from other provinces by speaking on their behalf. Now he seems to be realising that tribalism cannot take him anywhere, not even to state house.

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    • The bad tribalists here are those that recite the same story day-in and day-out. To them that single story is everything. What a myopic view of the world!

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    • @John Laing, that single story/incident could have DISTINGUISHED HH as a national leader statesman!

      People who choose to remain quite when times call for their voices are NOT worthy to be called LEADERS but opportunistic [email protected]!

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  5. Tribalism is a risky cancer .Let’s learn the hard lessons from Kenya and Rwanda where tribal bloodshed have brought those nations into int’l tribunals of legal and historical darkness.

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  6. Zambia’s opposition just needs new players. hh is not the future of this country-his divisive and tribal politics will only end when he gives way to players with fresh ideas. hh has already abrogated the upnd constitution by clinging to the helm of the party-that’s a disaster for democracy and future of this nation!!

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    • Also the privatisation thief will not just vanish. We were there. Where is Shansonga…offshore managing HH stolen loot !!

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  7. Trib.al Hacks, you are short of an apology before I take you seriously and start addressing you as Mr Hakainde Hichilema. Where you are in Mongu today is the right place and time to issue your apology. And we will take up from there but, BUT, but remember that wounds, especially tri.bal wounds which you have stoked for 12 years since 2006, take time to heal so dont be in a hurry to see a response. I pledge to help you heal after you apologise.

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  8. Especially the rat eating Nsengas and monkey eating Bemba. ……And the easterners from Malawi….kikikikiki…..kwena politics efyo icita utunwa!!

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  9. Bembas don’t know how to practice tribalism. It’s HH and his people who have been whipping this tribal nonsense we see. HH gets 10s of thousands of votes in Southern Province while non southerners only get token figures. What does that mean? It means people out there hate other tribes.

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    • Spaka just go to the ECZ website and show me where Sata got 100%. On the contrary HH got more than 99% in Southern Province.

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    • @Ndanje I am Bemba, but I can’t agree with you. All tribes are guilty of tribalism to some extent and in different situations. it’s just that some are more prone to it.

      @spaka you can do better than that. Some research and a bit of critical thinking will help you post more progressive comments

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    • What did sata get in luapula 80% , 90% ??

      Whilst you are at it can you tell us why 90% of bembas and notherners support pf ?

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  10. Today thats when haluza, who thrives on it, says something against it. A beneficiary of the vice, today wants to mislead. This guy is a none starter.

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    • We don’t even bother to know where the people living with us came from. My uncle’s wife is Kaonde by tribe but has refused to leave our village even after my uncle died.

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  11. It’s surprising that some people who don’t even support the UPND want the party to elect a new leader. These are PF members, going by their contributions but they seem to have a fear for HH that some of us can’t understand. I am sure UPND have their own wise men and women to advise the party about their deficiencies. Don’t hate HH just because he is Tonga; look at his abilities with an open mind. As things stand at the moment, he is a better alternative to leader our country.

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  12. HH Thank you for reading LT blogs and taking on this fight which the bemba tribalists on LT are condemning me for…….

    Can you also propose to introduce to make public all GRZ accounts and the accounts of all GRZ and donner funded projects …..these must be even part of the cariculum of our students to reduce corruption….

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    • Spaka,am bemba and my wife is Tonga. We don’t vote on tribal lines. Last election I voted for ECL and I didn’t vote for Nevers. My wife didn’t vote cause she didn’t want. Politicians create tribalism which is not there in Zambia. Chiefs and politicians must end tribalism not we the local people. If HH can take the step ,let’s just support him,but it must be followed with action.

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  13. Yes HH, the tribal issue is non progressive as it derails the TEAM work that we look forward to in order to make work easier. By the way, for those that are a little bit behind, TEAM stands for Total Effort of All Members. There is no place in Zambia where ONLY one tribe exists and so the tribal isolation does not work well. Yes, HH keep singing that song and eventually it shall sink into the ears of those who are inclined. Our republican President was singing the same song recently and it makes me happy that you are on the same page on this important subject matter.

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  14. Bemba tribalisim was spreading like a wild fire on LT so much so that the bembas are beggining to think only bembas have the right to comment on GRZ and lungu and that every Tonga should support GRZ and lungu….and be greatfull for the $17 billion debt we owe…..

    I have had to resort to calling all bembas i see as theives to highlight this cancer….which i agree was wrong , Let’s stop this tribal nonsense….

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    • Read your comments and then ask yourself what moral right you have to speak against tribalism boss. You, sir, are part of the problem…

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    • Thats the problem you have. How do you know that who ever speaks against you is a Bemba? Bembas are not at the hem of power , you have a Ngoni and Lozi ruling this country but still you always talk against Bembas….why?

      Go to ECZ and walk through the 2016 election results, dont you find that HH was getting good votes in the Bemba and Ngoni areas? Now go to Southern and check what Lungu got…. a joke of votes. So , whom can you conclude hate the other?
      Man just own up and tell your people to change.

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    • JourneyMan

      Read my comments from the archives , I have only started attacking bembas because their tribalisim is getting out of hand…..to them no one who is bemba is allowed to condemn lungu and GRZ…

      Truth Hates

      I know most of the bemba bloggers…they are the ones most against anything Tonga or southern province…as for SP voting mostly UPND , I also ask you, how come 90 % of bembas vote PF ??

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  15. Let’s say HH is just a human being, let’s say he has realized his mistakes, so why don’t you people be positive and support the right cause?
    Why are you digging into the past and not focusing on building what is good for the future? ZAMBIANS, why this negativity, is it because of POVERTY, and you only support the spoon that feeds YOUR OWN BELLY?
    Do you realize you people are themselves tribalist, based on the behavior you are exhibiting here? With such mentality of many of you who are supposed to be the Zambia Intelligentsia, I predict zero change in the tribalism, until YOU, yourselves realize you are among the tribalists. Reflect on the inner YOU, and What YOU as an individual stand for.

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    • Well said….untill we see Tongas and bembas condemning tribal posts from their own , we will get nowhere…

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  16. I am not even Tonga, I am an easterner , kwamadede…but I call a spade a spade…and don’t like tribalisim in any form and singling out individuals because of tribe

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  17. Great advise from HH….anyone belittling another tribe qualifies to be a bonafide tribalist himself…all tribes in this beautiful country are great and each bring a very unique quality for the benefit of everyone…thanks for the rich kuomboka, mutomboko, ukusefya pangwena, lwindi, ncwala etc etc…we have so much more to be proud of as a collective….hatred simply drains us and makes us live in a delusion…we are one country under God..Forward with the Nation….

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  18. “ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND” says Sejani. HH ascended to UPND top leadership through tribalism at the expense of Patrick Chisanga, Sakwiba Sikota and Bob Sichinga who were with Mazoka longer than HH. There is tribalism in Zambia but it is more pronounced among the TONGAS. Unfortunately even TONGA chiefs like chief MUKUNYA is a hard core tribalist. This tribal tag is one the aspects that makes HH and the TONGAS in general very unattractive and unworthy to lead other tribes. I’m Luvale by tribe and TONGAS are my tribal cousins but I would like them to lead this nation for now until they wash away this tribal tag. There is no way the entire tribe (TONGAS) can give HH 98.6% vote, that is purely tribalism.

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  19. Northerners still suffer persecution in Southern Province because of UPND politics. If you speak Bemba and don’t support Hichilema, you’re not safe in Southern Province, don’t be cheated. You will end up another statistic

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    • Tongas and other tribes percived as not supporting PF are being retired and denied GRZ jobs , just look at the recent ZAF and ZNS passouts , the tribal imbalances are shocking..

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    • Intelligence, Army and Police officers who were leaking security information to Hichilema were mostly Tongas. Syandenge is still hiding. What did you want Edgar to do? For as long as they remain partisan they will face the boot. Kalaba’s people have been fired, are they Tongas? People must differentiate between politics and national duty

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    • AyatollahSeptember

      ” Intelligence, Army and Police officers who were leaking security information to Hichilema were mostly Tongas. Syandenge is still hiding. What did you want Edgar to do?…”

      So because 80 to 90 % of GRZ thefts are by people from NP , should they all be excluded from GRZ ?

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  20. I meant to say TONGAS are my tribal cousins but I WOULD NOT like them to lead this nation for now until they wash away this tribal tag

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    • Bembas are my tribal cousins , but until their stealing and plundering is stopped or they are sanitised enmass about the evils of stealing , I would rather have lungu……

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  21. There are things we cannot change in zambia but talking about tribes doesnt go well with some of us since we know zambia is one with all zambians with equal rights.
    Zambians have equal opportunities in all areas of life there is no need of worry zambians are free to speak any language of their choice and free to travel to any part of the nation what would be wrong is to intimidate any one because the language he speaks.

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  22. Elo waisuka ichipalakasa nomba when you created this tribal bullcrap yourself HH. Wajula maji weve. Waziletelela we bene. Otherwise

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  23. Walimenya amaya we mwine on this tribalism crap after Mazoka died and you chased Sakwiba Sikota away. Wabeja mwana mudara on this one.

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    • “Sakwiba you are not TTOONGAA. Only a TOONNGA can be president of UPND.” If this organization was not tribal, in politics such sentiments should have been denounced immediately there and then. The fact that they did not, tells us a lot about UPND.

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  24. HH well said. Now go to Dundumwezi and debrief your subjects that they should vote on economic issues and not tribe basis.

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  25. Wamudziba Yesu now Kainde!!!before you replaced Mr.Mazoka in 2006,tribalism was taboo because Dr.Kaunda had preaced “one Zambia,one nation” since 1964 and all Zambians lived as one.Since 2006,Kainde has been preaching tribalism especially in 3.5 provinces!!AM SURE NOW GOD HAS SHOWN HIM THAT HE STARTED A VERY EVIL FIGHT WHICH CAN NEVER WIN HIM THE PRESISENCY IN ZAMBIA!!!However,its too late because now even those in 6.5 provinces know how tribal Kainde and his supporters are!!!Under a none tonga,UPND can easily grab power from PF,but under HH-forget!!!

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    • HH has been contesting elections since 2006 as you say but the ugly head of tribalisim has mostly reared its head at its worst with the arrival of lungu…..

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    • It is difficult to erase the TAG of TRIBALISM which is SYNONYMOUS with UPND! Too late! You cannot dupe us! We know what UPND stands for! Just read comments from all your supporters like Larry Mweetwa and HaSPakata! They tell a lot about the TRIBAL H-ORGANISATION of yours.

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  26. Is this how MPs fom different parties hate each other? I did not see MPs representing PF or Independents and yet they sit in the same house called National Assembly. The father of that house or his Deputy should have attended the burial.

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  27. Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation.
    Wicked (corrupt) people bring about their own down fall by their evil deeds,but good people are protected by their integrity/death.
    In one or the other every being on this planet loves his own.
    That’s why The Creator God says love others like yourself.
    It’s funny how we as sinful beings like pointing fingers at each other thinking we are better positioned than OTHERS(my self included).
    That in it’s self is segregation racism tribalism apartheid above all it is SIN.
    Cain and Abel.
    Men and women in this country must repent and face reality.
    Most of us will support our own (children , family, friends etc) even when deep down our hearts we know that their deeds are questionable(corrupt/wicked)…do we even…

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  28. Anhaa!! HChilema has now realised that tribalism is a cancer. The problem is that whenever a man builds his house on a wrong foundation, before you can correct the initial error, you will need to erase it first before you can rebuild it. So Hchilema, you resign and let GBM be president, then things will be fine.

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  29. I think HH has realised that tribalism doesnt help any one to get into state house how he wanted one section of the nation to only follow him , yes they did but that was a failure since zambians are not tribal all they want is to live together in peace and they want unity .

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  30. Acceptance of a problem is the first step towards a solution. In the campaigns in eastern province recently, president Lungu complained of tribal issues where UPND was not part of the campaign. what does that tell you? On the other hand, no man should pay for another man’s sin. If Ackson Sijani said those words, that was his personal opinion and not HH’s.

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  31. A tribalist saying this when he was silent when his people were practicing it in Namwala and he is trying to sugar coat us! UPND is A TRIBALIST ORGANIZATION.

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