THE 2017 Kuomboka ceremony was characterised by political upheavals, which almost culminated into a political fracas as the motorcade of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema allegedly blocked that of President Edgar Lungu.That the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has banned all politicians from gracing this year’s Kuomboka must be emulated by all traditional leaders across the country.
The invitation of Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa speaking people of Eastern Province to be guest of honour could not come at a better time than this when tribalism is rife in the nation.
In this vein, King Lewanika has shown the world that we are one as our slogan states, ‘One Zambia, one nation’.
It is my prayer that chiefs should be guest of honour in various ceremonies as this will promote the spirit of togetherness. It is often argued that besides boxing and football, traditional ceremonies bring together people from all walks of life regardless of racial, political or ethnic affiliation.
Can FAZ and Ministry of Sports take advantage of such occasions and organise inter-political party football just prior to the main event?
This could be another opportunity of uniting Zambians. Enough of tribal talk, let us move forward and unite as well as develop mother Zambia. We only have one Zambia.
Once more, congratulations to the Lozi-speaking people for inviting the Chewa chief to this year’s Kuomboka ceremony.