Flashback: Sata disappointed with Rupiah’s hatred for Bembas

Flashback: Sata disappointed with Rupiah’s hatred for Bembas

July 20, 2012 [DAILY MAIL]

PRESIDENT Sata has said thatEdgar-LUNGU-WITH-DORA he is hugely disappointed that his predecessor Rupiah Banda is using a tribal card to determine who should be Zambia’s next President. The Post, in yesterday’s edition, reported that Mr Banda wants UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, a Tonga, to lead the future alliance with the MMD because he does not want Bembas to rule again. New MMD president Nevers Mumba is Bemba.

In a strongly-worded statement, President Sata says the manoeuvres by Mr Banda to divide Zambians by pitting different ethnic groupings against each other, are highly regrettable.

“However, we are comforted because Zambians know Mr Banda when it comes to tribalism. His record at NAMBOARD, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Lusaka district governor speaks for itself. It is this record that makes him feel at home when dealing with certain well-known tribally-based political establishments in the country,” the President says.

In a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah, Mr Sata wonders why Mr Banda feels he should determine the race, tribe or region a head of State should come from.

“The nation will appreciate that Mr Banda has a lot in common with those who practise tribal politics. Firstly, Mr Banda and his newfound friends sadly look at issues from an ethnic perspective and are driven by egos, greed and selfishness in their quest for power,” he said.

Mr Sata said Zambians are united and have been living in harmony since independence. He said it is, therefore, heartbreaking that Mr Banda is trying to incite tribes to satisfy his ego.

“The nation will appreciate that Mr Banda has a lot in common with those who practise tribal politics. Firstly, Mr Banda and his newfound friends sadly look at issues from an ethnic perspective and are driven by egos, greed and selfishness in their quest for power,” he said.

The President said it is a pity that Mr Banda and his allies are taking ‘too’ long to heal from the wounds of defeat in last year’s general elections. He said the former President and his friends are in a perpetual desire for elections, to try to avenge their defeat, at the expense of Zambians whom they claim they want to serve.

Mr Sata said unlike his opponents, he is in politics to benefit all Zambians, regardless of their political affiliation, tribe and race. He said his administration will therefore not be dragged into personal tribal wars as the PF administration is an all-inclusive government which belongs to all Zambians.

The President said the PF government is pre-occupied with efforts to fight corruption, reduce poverty, improve the performance of the economy and create decent jobs for all. “No doubt, the corruption in Mr Banda’s administration was too much and as a result, Zambians have been calling for the lifting of his immunity but we will only do that once we have completed our duty to demonstrate to our people just how corrupt he was,” he said.

Mr Sata said government will concentrate on fulfilling its campaign promises, adding that those obsessed with tribalism and bitterness should extricate themselves from the self-inflicted shackles.
“Our only hope is that they quickly outgrow their destructive type of politics and become a bit more useful to the country,” the President said.

[Zambia Daily Mail]

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