FR RICHARD Luonde has questioned President Edgar Lungu’s placing of tribesmen and women in all key judicial positions. Fr Luonde warned that by doing so, President Lungu was setting himself up for condemnation and rejection by the majority Zambians from other tribes. Fr Luonde, a Kitwe-based Anglican priest, yesterday wonderedwhy the Head of State had entrusted the management of key judicial institutions to his tribesmen. He said presidential appointments to key judicial institutions had exposed President Lungu’s “family jungle.” “Why is this tribalism coming in? For sure, this is beyond a family tree government but something like a jungle! President Lungu has gone beyond what people from other parts of the country can accept,” Fr Luonde said.
“You cannot run a nation like that [because] a nation must be run on principle, the principle of making sure that there is a balance of people who are to run state affairs.” He added that President Lungu was being insensitive in running the government, adding that his tribalistic traits in appointments to key judicial institutions had gone beyond what people from other parts of Zambia could accept. “We should be direct and say he is bringing people from the Eastern Province. But you begin to question; why is he bringing only people from the Eastern Province to control key judicial institutions when we have other people across the nation who can equally do so? This is because those people in government advising him are not interested in giving him proper advice,” Fr Luonde said.
“President Lungu, with these tribal appointments he is making, won’t be re-elected because what’s the population of Eastern Province compared to the other nine provinces? He is setting himself against the majority by beginning to surround himself with people that come from the same area [as him]. He wants to be condemned and rejected further. This kind of governance makes one to lose than gain. So what Zambians want is proper governance of the state by choosing people who are capable of service delivery from all the 73 tribes of this country.” He also said Dr Kenneth Kaunda offered free education to citizens during his presidency and wondered why only Easterners were being appointed to head judicial institutions when other tribes equally got educated in the First Republic. “It’s like the people of the Eastern Province were the only ones who benefited from Dr Kaunda’s free education. Things need to change because this is being insensitive to matters of the nation,” said Fr Luonde. The clergyman further pointed out that President Lungu should begin to govern the country on the principle of tribal balancing.