As a young person who has criticised Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND over the years on a number of wrong decisions made by himself and his party. Today I would like to welcome the retirement of Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo as WHIP of the opposition UPND. It is indeed commendable effort that the UPND has adhered to advise to recreate the bad image and perception that they are a tribal party.
The straight laced move by Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND to deliberately retire Garry Nkombo from his 7 year position as their WHIP in parliament is a politically savvy and correct move.
I have on numerous occasions advised HH and his UPND that the situation in parliament where the two important and sensitive positions in parliament were hand given to Garry Nkombo and Jack Mwimbu was insensitive to the tribal diversity within their party’s parliamentary strongholds.
Yet again, I have on countless occasions condemned the tribal insensitivity with which one HH had approached the issue of appointing two southern province Members of Parliament namely the Mazabuka Central MP and the Monze Central MP as Whip of opposition UPND and head of opposition respectively.
The UPND has recently called the PF government as one that is practising tribalism in the recruitment of civil servants and officers. I believed it was hypocritical and cheap talk to talk tribalism when infact they seemingly were avoiding the topic when it came to their parliamentary heads Jack Mwimbu and Garry Nkombo.
It is one thing to condemn perceived tribalism but its another to fight tribalism. Because we strongly believe two wrongs cannot make a right.
The fight against regional and tribal politics requires SELFLESSNESS, and GARRY NKOMBO has should be unreservedly commended for letting go for purposes of the bigger picture. We may not see what this does, but it heals the broken spirits of any of those wounded MPs from Northwestern and Western provinces.
We may not be privy to what has necessitated this move, but we chose to see the bigger picture after all. We can only hope that the appointment of Situmbeko Musokotwane is not an appeasement to the westerners for the soon coming Mangango by election after the demise of Late Naluwa Mweene MHSRIP. Again, we had hoped that the appointment to replace Garry Nkombo should have been a democratic one among their parliamentarians themselves in the interest of a simple show of intra party democracy.
The above premise is the foundational reason for a UNITED ZAMBIA that is founded on unity, fairness, and justice. A new Zambia that is devoid of ethnic, tribal, and regional inequalities. A nation that would set a higher bar of accountability for her leaders other than tribe.
Undeniably, at the hilt of tribal and regional politics, it is moves as this that must be encouraged among political players then we can as always see every Zambian as either a brother or a sister regardless of region.
When we together confront these issues, then we can discover the beauty in our diversities as a people and as a nation.
We have to try to ameliorate disadvantages and celebrate pluralism through constant engagement and without such efforts nothing will certainly ever truly change.
It is not my intention in this post to canvass support for the UPND but to stir the hearts of the Zambia youths on the issues that matter most in any given leadership context.
It is our considered view that present day Zambia as a nation needs a reawakening of the goodness in our togetherness as a nation if we can manage the core of our diversities.
Finally my appeal to the youths, is that when we delve into a new political season that affords us Zambians the opportunity to vote for our political leaders, the youth must aspire to vote and support those candidates who emphasize those issues that unite us as a nation; while voting out those candidates who do the opposite. A leader who clearly understands the united front of leadership is the leader that will make Zambia great again.
Prince J. Ndoyi