Flashback: Northwesterners are useless, says Kambwili

No wonder he failed to hold rally in the area.

By Rebecca Mushota (- TIMES OF ZAMBIA)

May 27, 2009 (The Times of Zambia) PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Roan Member of Parliament (MP), Chishimba Kambwili was yesterday arrested for conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Copperbelt police chief, Antoneill Mutentwa confirmed the arrest of Mr Kambwili in an interview.

Mr Mutentwa said Mr Kambwili had been detained at Luanshya central Police Station where he was questioned and charged.

Mr Kambwili was picked up around midday when he drove past and provoked a group of protesters that had gathered at the civic centre to petition his remarks against the Luvales.

Mr Kambwili waved the PF symbol, a clenched fist, as he drove past the protesters in a white Toyota Corolla mounted with megaphones and uttered some words that provoked the group.

The group was protesting against Kambwili’s remarks earlier that the people of Northwestern especially Luvales are useless.

 

Meanwhile, North-Western Province Members of Parliament have described Roan Member of Parliament, Chishimba Kambwili’s tribal remarks as a very big insult to all the people of the province.

They have since demanded an apology from Mr. Kambwili and the Patriotic Front (PF) Party as a whole.

The MPs said Mr Kambwili should know that wisdom and intelligence are not a preserve of one tribe only, saying all 73 tribes in Zambia contribute equally to the social, economic and political development of the country.

The MPs expressed their anger and disappointment in a press statement co-read in Solwezi today by Mwinilunga MPs Elijah Muchima and Stephen Katuka and endorsed by all 12 MPs in the province.

They said it is wrong for Mr Kambwili to imply that the people of North-Western Province were useless and that they do not deserve to be MPs.

They said people in the province participated in the liberation struggle for the country and they are still contributing significantly to the peace and unity the country is enjoying now.

“We regret to note that since independence many unreasonable people like Kambwili have mistaken the peace loving nature of the people of North-Western Province to mean political weakness,” they said. “We no longer have patience and we can not allow insults from imbeciles like Kambwili to go unchallenged. Mr Kambwili himself does not deserve to be a Member of Parliament because he has no leadership qualities.”

They said the high level of insolence and tribalism exhibited by Kambwili should be condemned and stopped immediately before it divides the country into tribal and regional groupings.

They said Patriotic Front (PF) should tell Kambwili that no tribe was superior to the others in Zambia.

The MPs said Kambwili was a young man who was supposed to be practicing modern politics of the 21st century based on unity and respect for one another and not engagng in politics of hatred and tribalism.

They appealed to people from the Northwestern province who are in PF to resign and join any other party where they would be respected as Zambians.

ZANIS/WN/MKM/ENDS

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