SACCORD condemns tribal talk against Southern Province

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has condemned tribal accusations against the people of Southern Province for voting for the UPND.
And MMD Trustee Suresh Desai has said tribal accusations against Southern Province were unfair.
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Chembe said the PF’s Edgar Lungu got few votes in Southern Province because he did not campaign in all corners of the Province.
Chembe said politicians should campaign in all areas including those not considered as their strong holds and noted that this was proved by the UPND which campaigned country wide and improved their performance country wide compared to previous elections.
And MMD National Trustee Suresh Desai said the people of Southern Province couldn’t have voted for him twice as a member of parliament if they were tribal.
Desai was Monze Member of Parliament under the MMD government.
He said the people of Southern province vote on merit and pointed out that former President Rupiah Banda had scored 90,000 votes from the area.
Desai said such remarks against Tongas were unfair and challenged those propagating such messages to look at past voting patterns.
He explained that in 1991 Frederick Chiluba got the highest votes from the Southern Province because they voted on merit.

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