CHIEF Ntambu of the Lunda-speaking people of North-Western Province says it is surprising that President Edgar Lungu has remained silent over Davies Chama’s conduct against Tongas.
Chama, the PF secretary general, said Tongas should use their polygamous nature to bear many children in order to stand a chance of producing a Republican president in 100 years time because the UPND, under Hakainde Hichilema, would never rule the country. But the traditional leader said it was irresponsible of Chama to issue such an injurious statement because there is no superior tribe in Zambia for the government to tolerate its senior officials insulting other tribes.
“It is surprising that the President is quiet on this matter. We want the President to take action against Chama. It doesn’t matter whether the person who said that is a secretary general of the ruling party, we want action to be taken. If he doesn’t do that, we will take it that the government is the one stirring these damaging statements and insults. And we will not take it for government to insult people like that,” chief Ntambu said. “That is very dangerous; we shouldn’t be behaving like that. Government should take a firm decision against such people. We shouldn’t allow people to say things that will provoke others; that will bring violence in the country. By making people think that other tribes are more superior to others, we are creating anarchy in the country. There is no superior tribe in Zambia.” He said unrest in some countries began because of such careless statements from government leaders who made other people feel inferior. “We shouldn’t allow people who call themselves senior government officials to conduct themselves in such a manner. If you look at war-torn countries, the majority of them were in a state of unrest because of careless talking from senior officials who wanted to make other people feel more superior to others. And when other people feel they are not part of the country, that results in civil wars and eventually in something serious,” said chief Ntambu.