We find it very difficult and embarrassing to learn that our traditional parent the Paramount Chief of the Ngoni people has issued a very strong tribal remark in endorsing our Republican President Mr Edgar Lungu for the 2016 elections.
Whilst we appreciate the fact that Mr Lungu is a traditional son to the chief, we must also acknowledge that, the other political leaders standing are also his children by virtue of being Zambians, and the intermarriages we all experience in the country. We also acknowledge the fact that we have traditional leaders as parents, political leaders as parents and spiritual leaders as parents, and all with our respective roles that we play in the governance of the people of God as in Zambia.
If the chief has seen great leadership in President Lungu, he could have just endorsed him without tribal sentiments or branding accorded to the endorsement, we find this to be very affair of our parent to the other candidates and it gives a strange thought pattern to the other chiefs around Zambia, to those who have sons and daughters standing as either president or member of parliament, and even those who don’t have any of tribesmen or women standing as presidential candidates.
We must ask ourselves, what should the other paramount chiefs do. We admonish our traditional parents to hold their fire and accept all candidates as their children and if they want to do an endorsement, let it be on merit that such a candidate has shown good leadership in governance and economic development and shown that they love the people of Zambia as one Zambia and one Nation.
STATEMENT BY: BISHOP SIMON CHIHANA
IFCC – President