Aspiring Lusaka Province Patriotic Front(PF) Chairperson Geoffrey Chumbwe has apologized to the party and the general public for the tribal remarks made by PF member Maxwell Chongo in his campaign message for his candidature.
Mr. Chumbwe told journalists in Chongwe District today that he regrets the tribal remarks made by Mr. Chongo which has been attributed to him as a candidate for the position of chairperson for Lusaka province.
Mr. Chumbwe distanced himself from the tribal remarks and urged Mr. Chongo who is alleged to have circulated a video to retract his statement and apologize to the party and the country.
He said as a member of the ruling party who has been in politics for over 15 years, he does not believe in tribal politics.
He said it was unfortunate that Mr. Chongo dragged his name into tribal sentiments which he said should not be tolerated.
He has since called on members of his campaign team to desist from any tribalism as they campaign for him as he does not condone politics of tribalism.
President Lungu yesterday instructed Party Secretary General Davies Mwila to deliver a strong message to Maxwell Chongo and Mr. Chumbwe over a video containing tribal remarks which went viral on social platforms.
President Lungu expressed displeasure at the tribal remarks by the duo.
In the Video, Chongo popularly known as Max is encouraging the Soli speaking people to vote for his preferred candidate Mr. Chumbwe, for the Lusaka Province Chairman seat because he is their tribesman.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda stated at a Press briefing held at State house yesterday, that the President expected the PF SG, to ensure that the duo, Chongo and Chumbwe tendered an apology to the Zambian People because the Patriotic Front Party has no place for tribalism in its political dispensation.