By Kasebamashila Kaseba
A PF TRIBAL CASE OF TONGAPHILE OF LOVING DEAD MALAWIAN TONGA KK TO TONGAPHOBIA OF HATING LIVING ZAMBIAN TONGA HH
— from loving retired dead Tonga KK to hating aspiring living Tonga HH —
While KK is said to have fought tribalism etc or detribalised himself, he was born at Lubwa Mission in 1924 among the Bemba of Chief Nkula of a missionary preacher ‘Tonga’ father, Rev. David Julizya Kaunda (1878 – 1932) and teacher ‘Tumbuka’ mother Helen [Nyamu]Nyirenda-Kaunda (1882 – 1972).
However, KK generally accepted his parents were Nyasalanders than Tonga and Tumbuka tribes.
Secondly, being born into a tribe or having a mother tongue or celebration of tribe is not tribalism, at least not negative tribalism.
In fact, there is negative and positive tribalism as through UNESCO, Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, House of Chiefs and (tribal) traditional ceremonies etc.
Unlike his friend Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe also from Bemba royalty with partly village orientation, KK carried the mission station orientation against negative tribalism into politics.
Political tribalism is negative tribalism of accusing or blaming the victims of tribalism as it happened to Levy Mwanawasa accused of a ‘family tree’ and not Michael Sata accused of ‘family forest’ but HH of Tonga tribalism.
HH, with his masters degree shall be the most educated president to enter State House and Bweengwa absence of at least 30 years or Lusaka residence or fluency in a couple of other local languages do not save him from being a Tonga tribalist.
HH’s multilingualism of Bemba and Nyanja are way better than EL’s multilingualism of Tonga and Lozi.
In other words, HH is more multilingual than mono-or-bilingual EL.
How then is multilingual HH a Tonga tribalist than Bemba and Nyanja mono-or-bilingual EL?
He is a tribalist for simply being born in the tribe and for belonging to a tribe.
In fact, Tonga is not anymore a tribe or language among the seven semi official languages but a tribalism whereas HH is not Tonga tribe but Tonga tribalism tribalist.
Otherwise, what is happening to HH is partly KK’s overzealotry in fighting negative tribalism without proper policy of positive tribalism.
As matter of fact, while KK is Malawian Tonga and which Tonga maybe related to Zambian Tonga as Namwanga, Mambwe and Lungu; HH from Bweengwa constituency and Headman Mooya of Chief Hamusonde is essentially more Ila than Tonga.
Similarly, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula (1916 – 1983) president of African National Congress (ANC) himself accused or demonised for Tonga tribalism was also Ila more than Tonga tribe or tribalism he was accused of.
In short, KK is more Tonga than both Nkumbula and HH especially being older than HH and of the older Tonga than younger Tonga tribe.
However, for PF and Bemba tribalists loving a dead Malawian Tonga in KK to resurrection and hating Zambian Tonga HH to death, that is, what hate or bigotry or hypocrisy can do.
KK was also the one to warn Zambians that PF President Michael Sata (his relative) was “not presidential material” (perhaps for reasons of tribalism, corruption and violence).
Unfortunately, HH, like KK, has no proper policy response to negative tribalism, corruption and violence he is suffering.
Worse, HH is prone to suffer reverse tribalism of overcompensating the same negative tribalists against fellow victim tribesmen.
Article 23. [Protection from discrimination on the ground of race, etc.]
(3) In this Article the expression “discriminatory” mean, affording different treatment to different persons attributable, wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, tribe, sex, place of
origin, marital status, political opinions colour or creed whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not
made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
Expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race, tribe, place of origin or colour
Section 70. (1) Any person who utters any words or publishes any writing expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for any person or group of persons wholly or mainly because of his or their race, tribe, place of origin or colour is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.