Edward Mumbi
Edward Mumbi

 

Former UPND Presidential Spokesperson, Edward Mumbi, has said Tribal sentiments will never depart from Hakainde Hichilema’s lips because that is what he stands for.

And Mr Mumbi says the UPND’s comparison of xenophobic attacks in South Africa to the current political situation in Zambia, was retrogressive and a shameless act which must be condemned by all Zambians.

Speaking to Zambian Watch yesterday, Mr. Mumbi said he was saddened by the fact that Mr Hichilema had continued on his political path of tribalism and recklessness despite what he had already done to divide Zambians based on where they come from.

He said Mr Hakainde’s continued reference to Bemba hegemony was wrong because no Bemba has ruled Zambia, and that is why his leadership of a Tonga ethnic party is anathema to Zambia.

He said the UPND garnered votes from across the nation when it was led by the late Anderson Mazoka because he was a unifier and never tolerated tribal politics.

Mr Mumbi said Mr Mazoka found it easy to accommodate other tribes in his leadership because his preoccupation was national consensus.

He said the UPND has been on a downward spiral from the time Mr Hichilema took over because he had reduced the party to a tribal and regional clique which believed in purging whoever had brilliant ideas or if they did not emanate from the party’s strongholds.

“It is unfortunate that Mr Hakainde is even advancing tribal sentiments over the developments in South Africa but this is expected because that is what he stands for. For him, tribe and politics go hand in hand and this is why tribal sentiments form part of his politics,” he said.

“We have never seen this form of unprecedented tribal divisions as a country mainly because Mr. Hichilema, in contrast to his predecessor who embraced everyone, believes tribe can win him the presidency and because of that, today we have a predictable voting pattern based on tribe and regionalism,” Mr. Mumbi said.

And Mr Mumbi said comparing xenophobic attacks in South Africa to the political landscape in Zambia was retrogressive and an indication on how insensitive the UPND was.

“People are being massacred in South Africa and it is only an insensitive leader who can make such a bad comparison. If the atmosphere in Zambia was as bad as it is in South Africa, Mr. Hichilema would not have had the freedom to say whatever he is saying now,” he said.

“The xenophobic attacks in South Africa are a serious issue which those aspiring to lead this country must never trivialise. If not properly handled, xenophobic attacks can plunge the region into turmoil and Mr. Hichilema must stop making jokes of the situation when people are losing lives,” he said.

16 COMMENTS

  1. such comments coming from EM are there to send a signal that he needs his salary from the pipo who are sponsoring him. Just and see. If he gets paid, he will keep quiet waiting for another headline. So, don’t mind about these pipo. They need money for school going children. Wait for 2021. Will change the coach. Shut we see such pipo near the podium, then I will be a very disappointing youth. Let’s wait.

  2. BA MUMBI WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THE OPPOSITE AS PF IS THE MOST TRIBAL PARTY….LOOK AT THE CABINET,PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND OTHER GOVERNMENT WINGS YOU WILL BE SHOCKED TO ACCUSE H.H LEAVING THE ACTUAL CULPRIT.

  3. I do not perceive HH as a tribalist, rather S a fighter and hard worker.
    Jealousy will kill you below average school dropouts. Nonsense

  4. Nonsense. Who will remember? Your dull mind. This explains why you are busy aksing crumbs of bread from master´s table. Just work hard and make money. Just crumbs of bread you are able to utter rubish. What tribalism has HH promoted. Taking advantage of ignorance of people from Luapula, Copperbelt and Nothern Province who buy into your nonsense.

  5. Mumba is just another useful idiot, who can not be trusted. Kanshi, where is tribalism in HH? How many tribes of people are in Upnd? All are catered in.
    Why are other tribes removed or fired in all government institutions? Isn’t it not like Xenophobia? Please

  6. Zambians have been convinced beyond reasonable doubt that PF is the most tribal party. We know the Pf tactic of divide and rule. The pf strategy of labelling HH as tribal will fail this time because pf has irritated more Zambians than ever

  7. but the article has not given a reference or an instance when HH made a tribal remark on the xenophobic attacks i thought I was merely complaining about how he is treated so sir add a reference so we can judge for ourselves rather than just telling us the man is tribal

  8. but the article has not given a reference or an instance when HH made a tribal remark on the xenoph0bic attacks i thought I was merely complaining about how he is treated so sir add a reference so we can judge for ourselves rather than just telling us the man is tribal

  9. but the article has not given a reference or an instance when HH made a tr!bal remark on the xenoph0bic attacks i thought he was only complaining about how he is treated so sir add a reference so we can judge for ourselves rather than just telling us the man is tr!bal

  10. Zambia has foolish educated illiterates misleading the masses about tribalism, HH is not a tribalists like u stupid pipo who want to feed pe nshina lyakwa hh, look for jobs nd work hard to achieve wat he hh has achieved, tired of u telling us privatisation/ tribalism, u cant break his spirit, is the only politician who cant b cheaply bot like tomato at soweto

  11. Iwe ka mumbi chikala you are even failing to buy a teth brush for yourself ati ponyo ponyo you stupid go to hell we know you are jobless masoyobe chikala

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