President Edgar Lungu being welcomed by Chongwe Mayor Geoffrey Chumbwe at the official opening of the China National Building Material Zambia Industry Plant in Chongwe District
President Edgar Lungu being welcomed by Chongwe Mayor Geoffrey Chumbwe at the official opening of the China National Building Material Zambia Industry Plant in Chongwe District

President Edgar Lungu has directed Lusaka Provincial party Chairmanship aspirant Geoffrey Chumbwe to apologise and retract the tribal remarks attributed to Maxwell Choongu, a member of his campaign team that a Soli should be voted into office.

President Lungu says his conscious is greatly offended by the tribal remarks in the video saying there is no place for tribalism in his party.

His spokesperson Amos Chanda said the President has directed Party Secretary General Davies Mwila to deliver a strong message to Mr. Choongu and Mr. Chuumbwe that the remarks be retracted immediately.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Mr Choongu who is also Chongwe District Information and Publicity Secretary is seen urging the electorate to vote for Mr. Chumbwe who is Soli by tribe and not any other person.

Meanwhile, Maxwell Choongu has apologised for his statement made on Saturday in Rufunsa which seems to border on tribal lines.

Mr. Choongu says his conscious is not at peace and he strongly feels that he has let down a lot of people.

“As a member of the ruling Patriotic Front Party, I am not expected to issue such statements but to preach peace and unity. There is literally no excuse for my actions but to fully take responsibility and wholeheartedly apologize”, He said.

Mr. Choongu says he will never again in his entire lifetime issue such statements because he now fully understands the consequences of such.

“I promise to continue preaching about Peace, Love, Forgiveness, zero tolerance to Violence, zero tolerance to tribalism, reconciliation and unity to the best of my ability”, He added.

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  1. Chongu Max is a silly Boy. Very Dull and overates himself. useless fellow. I wonder what pipo see in that empty head.

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    • It’s you Zambians that promote such characters. You call them “die hards”. If such behaviour gets them as far as minister (like this Lsk minister who was exactly the same) what’s to stop others from following in the foot steps??

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  2. Ba LT what is this Conscious you keep repeating? Conscious conscious ninshi you passed leaked Examinations?

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  3. The people on the ground do not care much about tribe.

    This disease is created by our politicians trying to cause divisions amongst the population.

    It will never work.

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    • imwe naimwe what f##king opinion are you talking about, sometimes its just right that you keep your opinion to yourself than offending others in the name of its my “f***king opinion. Very foolish, anyway coming from the president its a very good move.

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  4. Very hypocritical, and childish. Every one has a right to their opinion and insecure Lungu should not be forcing others to his. This is what’s happening to our country, people are now not free to express themselves. Lungu when he goes to eastern he tells his people the same thing this guy mentioned

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    • imwe naimwe what f##king opinion are you talking about, sometimes its just right that you keep your opinion to yourself than offending others in the name of its my “f***king opinion. Very foolish, anyway coming from the president its a very good move.

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  5. Listen to this Lungu, he wants the toes to apologise but the head should remain dirty, funny!!!!

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  6. Ba Lungu this is coming too late. There so many who have divided Zambia whom HE has tolerated without rebuke. Yamfwa Mukanga one divided the nation by directing that the opposition should not be given jobs and councils should only allocate land to PF cadres. He went too far and against our constitution. The president tolerated him. Shame on PF

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    • Choongu thought he was in UPND and forgot that he is in a party whose leadership have “Normal hearts” not evil hearts, bitter hearts, tribal hearts, herbal hearts. He thought he could act like HH and get away with it! Good job Mr. President for calling the man out. Sometimes when it is in the blood it comes out effortlessly and unconsciously, you can see it in Gay Jay, BoSpakata, Nose demon, NEDCOZ Inferiority Complex, etc., no matter how much they fake it, you can still tell that it is in the blood.

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    • Divide and rule has been diving Zambia using code and because of the mental problems in the dung brains, they project it on the president! Can you explain NAMWALA? Did the president tell Namwalans to beat up people? What has HH said about it? “Namwala NEVER happened!” HATRIVES Utd Football Club.

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    • Sharon is not normal now I can confirm is is really insane, she is the one who writes about tribalism every day some people no shame… Just shows what the parents taught them in these broken homes

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  7. Has anyone noticed Mr Bean and Will Smith making comical doubting gestures at the contents of this article?

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  8. So Ba Davis Mwila is the one to strongly advocate for unity? Or seen to rebuke his fellow choongu.. what about the remarks he himself made in kabwe regarding giving land to cadres and threatening to bring so called commando to intimidate kabwe residents? Does he not need to reform himself and apologies for such utterances first? Just wondering!

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  9. AND I QUOTE “THERE IS NO ROOM FOR TRIBALISM IN HIS PARTY”, NOW THIS DIRECTIVE TO THE VERY PERSON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REMARK SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE NORM FROM THE TIME OUR PRESIDO TOOK OVER, BUT HE HAS BEEN VERY PASSIVE, IF HE WAS DIRECTLY TELLING PEOPLE AS NOW WHO BRING OUT TRIBAL SENTIMENTS, WE COULD HAVE BEEN MILES AWAY FROM THE DISASTER THAT WE HAVE IN OUR DI FRAGMENTED ZAMBIA. NOW THE ISSUE IS, IS THE PRESIDENT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE REVERSAL OF THESE STATEMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO PF INTRA PARTY ELECTIONS ONLY OR IS HE GOING TO SHOW LEADERSHIP BY EXTENDING IT NATIONALLY AND DIRECTLY TELL OFFENDERS TO REVERSE THEIR STATEMENTS???

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  10. There it is in black and white, we have always said these guys are triblists if u see any comment by a PF supporter iy will be tribal,Njimbu, Sharon, it’s political and Kudos all these other guys just talk about tribalism, now the truth has come out, it all starts in PF, a really tribalist party… You should be a

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  11. This choongu guy has just cost chumbwe the position. Now no one will vote for him as it will be seen as going against the president. Congratulations Kennedy Kamba this max has handed you the position of chairman on a silver platter.

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  12. Please max, chew before you swallow. How does a grown up like you just sight word combinations without considering the consequences? One cannot go scorch free with tribal, color or indeed gender remarks that are demeaning. Tribe is nothing but a communication tool which does not change anything on the constituency of the being itself.

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  13. If lungu showed such maturity when CK was attcking Tongas on air when he was a senior minister, I would probably be supporting lungu…..

    Mr lungu you also need to appologise to Tongas for letting CK issue tribal attacks on air using GRZ

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    • Are you also saying HH should apologise for associating with known riff ruffs like GBM and CK to the extent of even appointing GBM as his vice?

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  14. Mr President sir, on this one spot on, this is how a president should react to foolish remarks. well done sir.

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  15. Empty tins will make a lot of noise because they hold nothing.Empty sacks will never stand upright.The nation is oozing wounds of backwardness and ignorance.It is prudent enough that the barometer of debate be above tribalism and pettiness.

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