AS A former Cabinet minister, Chishimba Kambwili is expected to behave in a manner which depicts a man of his calibre.
But his conduct in a video which has gone viral on social media where the Roan lawmaker is shouting at a man of Asian origin driving a compactor is unacceptable.
We already know the situation of unemployment in the country is bad.
But that’s not the way to approach the issue. It was hypocritical of him to exhibit such behaviour was. It is good that the man Mr Kambwili was shouting at was quiet.
Mr Kambwili implied that foreigners are coming all the way from their countries such as India to get Zambians’ jobs (driving).
Mr Kambwili, the National Democratic Congress consultant, was not only being a racist in the manner he shouted at the compactor driver.
His behaviour also bordered on inciting jobless youths to rise against foreigners.
Zambia is in a global village and there is no way that all jobs such as bricklaying, plumbing, maids, drivers, including those of security guards, can be given to citizens only.
Every employer has a choice on the type of skills and nationality to engage.
The Immigration Department should be aware that there are hundreds of Zambians out there doing jobs other nationalities consider theirs.
As long as Zambia is a member of the global village, we should continue embracing other nationalities, including hairdressers and craftsmen because they bring diversity to our country.
I hope that Mr Kambwili, as former minister of Labour and Foreign Affairs, will come back to his senses and apologise to the man of Asian origin for his xenophobic behaviour.