CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
CHIEF Chipepo of Southern Province says President Lungu is a humble leader who has historically promoted unity in diversity, contrary to assertions by his political opponents accusing him of hating the Tonga people.
The traditional leader said President Lungu has worked closely with people from different ethnic groups, including late United Party for National Development (UPND) president Anderson Mazoka.
Chief Chipepo’s sentiments are in the wake of expelled Patriotic Front (PF) Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili’s assertions that President Lungu hates the Tonga people of Southern Province.
“The President was once a member of the UPND and what I know is he worked very well with Mazoka, together with the founding members of that party.
“The man [President Lungu] is down to earth, he even speaks to us [chiefs] in Tonga, so it is not true that he hates Tonga people,” Chief Chipepo said.
“I have known the President for his love and respect for other tribes,” he said.
He urged politicians to desist from issuing statements that have potential to promote tribal divisions.
“Tribalism in Zambia is not there but politicians want to create it,” Chief Chipepo said.
He said President Lungu should be given space to lead the nation because his mandate was sanctioned by God.
Chief Chipepo urged President Lungu’s ministers to pray for him so that he can successfully implement campaign promises.
“Politicking is over and tribal talk should not be condoned. we want the PF to deliver,” he said.
And Chief Chipepo urged Zambians to continue promoting peace so that the country can continue to shine as a beacon of peace on the continent.
“When I was in the States [United States of America], people there described Zambia as the capital city of peace in Africa because our founding President, Kenneth Kaunda, promoted the One Zambia, One Nation motto. Let us continue to embrace love and peace,” he said.