By David Zulu.
Former Chinsali FDD Parliamentary candidate Bwalya N’gandu has strongly condemned and distanced himself as a Bemba, from what he described as politics of foolishness and unwarranted vindictiveness against the Tonga people.
Writing on his Facebook page this morning Mr Ng’andu, said he took no pride in people and characters that seem to cherish and thrive on maligning other ethnic groupings, while hiding behind the facade of politics adding that tribalism was not politics.
“Royalty peddles no divisiveness. On this one aspect alone, and with a lot of humility, I ask to speak with some degree of intense authority because I know so from experience”.
Mr Ng’andu stated that he was brought up in the centre of the Bemba royalty and that his father Mr Victor Vernon Chisanga Ng’andu was the young brother to Lakement Mutale Ng’andu, who was Mutale Chitapanakwa and Paramount Chief No. 36, who also became the last UNIP Member of the Central Committee, for Northern Province in the UNIP government of Kenneth Kaunda.
Mr Ng’andu said his statement is not about projecting himself in a certain light of being the ‘Bemba most’.
“Rather it emanates from the frustration of seeing self appointed spokespersons for the Bembas who in the process of struggling very hard to enhance their personal political egos and personalities, are “juxtaposing” the Bembas with other tribes in the most embarrassing and dangerous of ways. This is not politics, it is simply criminal and primitive,” charged Mr Ng’andu.
He counseled that belonging to the royal establishment should not be viewed as the ‘uncommisoned duty’ and right to disrespect other people of different ethnic background”.
“I have every right to counter such nonsense in equal if not more abrasive measure and manner. That is not the way one can render oneself relevant to politics. If anything, it is a sure and more definite way of exonerating oneself from the warmth of the clan”.
Mr Ng’andu said it was wrong to fight an entire ethnic grouping because of diverse political views.
“It is just incorrect and inhuman to crucify an entire tribe because of the perceived political differences with a given individual. Stop dragging us in your political mad and murky hallucination. You think the entire Bemba land is ready to march on the other people for you?”
While addressing a rally attended by President Edgar Lungu in Kasama over the weekend, former Defense Minister under late President Micheal Sata, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba stated that Northern, Muchinga and Luapula Provinces which are predominantly Bemba speaking regions, were no go areas for UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and the Tongas.
President Lungu who failed to repudiate Mwamba’s statement, charged without giving evidence, that Hichilema had divided the Tongas against the Bembas and that as long he was alive the latter would never enter State House.