Zambian politics: What we feel and what they feel

Filed under: Politics,Special Comments |
President Lungu waves at the audience during the celebrations

President Lungu waves at the audience during the celebrations

…PF Is Ticking Because Of Tribalism

By Masinga Khumalo

I want to ask my fellow Zambians to allow me to say the truth even if it may sound too crude and unacceptable by many.

If people like Mwaba Mutale can call UPND a tribal party without being reprimanded then we must be allowed to make a fair judgement of PF and it’s members as well.

I may agree, to some extent, with my brother Mwaba Mutale on one thing that the UPND has not gained as much support as expected going by the bad economic situation in the country. But I will be quick to mention that the cause of all this is tribal politics, nothing to do with what HH has done or not done.

People like Mwaba can hypocritically see the tribalism in UPND but fail to see the tribalism in PF. Actually what makes PF tick is tribalism. Truth be told, the Northern block has strength in numbers and this is what makes PF strong, nothing else.

One particular set of people are fond of saying UPND is a tribal party but just check who is saying this, If it’s not a northerner it’s an Easterner; why is it so?

The harsh judgement about HH and UPND will never come from Lambas, Lundas, Luvales , Kaondes, Lozis, Lenjes, and the other 70+ Zambian tribes but only ‘ Nyanjas’ and Bembas. Why? Did God give us very different eyes and sense of judgement?

Sata being sworn in

Sata being sworn in

In 2011, Sata won over 90% votes in Muchinga, Luapula and Northern but nobody seems to have noticed the tribalism. But see where the hypocrisy comes in; when HH wins with similar margins in Southern province we see people standing on anthills accusing UPND and Southerners of being tribal. Hypocrites are busy shouting Nega Nega but they can’t even realise that their own Malole results for 2011 were shameful.

Sata went further to implement his tribalism when he formed government. 99% of his appointees were from up North. The list of our current diplomats today is shocking, 95% are from North. How come people didn’t see this tribalism. In just 3 years of Sata’s rule 2 Universities, a big hospital and a college were built in Muchinga, something which was not done in any other province. Yet the same people who call HH a tribalist were busy cheering on Sata.

Why are people blind to their own tribalism?

Today Lungu still enjoys support from Sata’s strongholds because they feel they are protecting Sata’s legacy.

Ask yourselves how many Bembas support HH. The number is negligible. I have many Bemba friends who will agree with me on many things but they will never just agree to support HH.

Truth be told, with the many hardships this country is facing, if HH was either Easterner or Northerner, victory for him was already going to be guaranteed. The rejection of HH is purely tribal. We hear a lot of our friends from East and North agreeing in private that the economy has been mismanaged by Lungu and his administration but their hate for HH’s tribe is too much for them to accept him.

Check the attacks on HH’s person on Facebook and you will find that more than 70% come from the North. The likes of Chilufya Tayali , Mwaba Mutale, Sunday Chanda, Davies Chama , Frank Bwalya and others. Even Easteners who are Lungu’s kinsmen do not seem to hate HH as much as Bembas do. DON’T GET ME WRONG; THERE ARE SOME BEMBAS, A FEW WHO HAVE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND REALISED THAT HATING HH ON TRIBAL LINES DOES NOT HELP, THAT IT’S PETTY AND SELFISH, BUT THEY ARE QUITE FEW.

Whether you want to hear this or not , I will put it to you that PF is more tribal and regional than UPND. PF was mainly a Bemba party until Lungu became president and now we have northerners and Easteners grouping up to fight HH.

I can assure you that the unity of this country will be killed for good should HH lose the 2016 elections. People should not be this evil. Why are people so petty and selfish?


16 Responses to Zambian politics: What we feel and what they feel

  1. Masinga Khumalo, prepare yourself for criticism and ridicule over your article which I for one has enjoyed for fact but there are many who do not like to be confronted with glaring truth! I don’t know why this boring subject has to continue when it should be rotting with its architect Michael Sata! At no time was tribal debate and divisions so prominent from KK’s leadership through Chiluba’s until Sata and PF came on the scene! The sore losers in UPND succession in Sakwiba Sikota and Patrick Chisanga abetted the tribal accusation with misplaced excitement of two PF zealots Mwanajiti and Madyenkuku! All of them do not want to be truthful as they are comfortable and their action in remaining silent as not to mend fences with a spirit of truth and reconciliation keep denying the country good governance and human dignity! Anyway, time will tell, Zambians are made to suffer at the hands of a few greedy “innocents!”

    I find it ironic that some criticisms against HH are unfounded and made as though the nation had at some point accorded him opportunity to prove himself. The fight is all about not to give HH chance even if it means sinking the country so its people perish! Well what is meant to happen will happen no matter how long it takes as it proved with Sata who sadly put us in this quagmire!

    January 8, 2016 at 2:35 am

  2. Every piece of this article is 100% true and on several occasions I have head some people from the North sworing never to vote for any other apart from someone from their region or worst case an easterner simply because they believe Zambia is theirs to Govern. They shamelessly speak like this at times even forgetting that somebody who is not from their region is in their midst and once they notice an outsider is within their midst they shamelessly again pretend to be loving all Zambians quickly change the topic. To prove this just listen who sings the tribal song in Zambia, Mr Khumalo has mentioned their names and this is not secret. This is un acceptable attitude which will breed trouble in this country for nobody’s benefits. Things can not continue like this in the so called One Zambia One Nation IF all Zambians fought against the injustices of the white rulers, one day the injustices of one black man against another will be fought head on in the same manner the whites were fought. Why should people pretend to be at peace when clearly they are not. Time is ticking.

    January 8, 2016 at 5:57 am

  3. I am not Bemba, but I come from one of the so-called small tribes of the north. What is however unequivocally clear to me is that this is a strongly anti-Bemba article by a writer who passionately hates Bembas but pretends to have Bemba friends. With this tribalistic mind-set within UPND ranks, how do you expect a sober-minded northerner to vote for HH and UPND? Over my dead body!

    January 8, 2016 at 6:17 am

    • @Stringer…Your mind is so shallow…you have a serious problem and you are tribalistic.Yes you are a Bemba.What you are telling us is that you would rather vote for people who have mismanaged the economy of Zambia than those willing to resuscitate it…Zambia is country in shambles…Shame on you if you cant see…when you are used to suffering you can not change baba stringer…wake up

      January 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    • You are just a tribal dimwit and the truth has hammered.

      January 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    • Your comment proves exactly what the writer is trying to enlighten us. Already you have proved to us how tribalistic you are. We have heard it in offices where directors which PHDs comment that put HH and a Dog on the ballot, they vote for a dog. We mingle with Northerners and on several occussions we have heard the team ” Umu Tonga teti ateke chalo”.

      January 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

  4. Zambia is captive to tribalism, and it is responsible to a large extent for our underdevelopment. Have you ever wondered why KK had from the 1980s, to cultivate a new power base in the Eastern province? He has never been back to Chinsali and Shambalakale, not even for old memories sake and the place has been left to crumble. All his children identify themselves with Eastern province, and yet KK was known to be Bemba. What is it that his Bemba friends from Chinsali said to him that hurt him so much to cause him to abandon his childhood roots?

    Folofolo Man
    January 8, 2016 at 7:27 am


    January 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

  6. You will find more upnd supporters in northern and luapula than you will find PF in southern province. Additionally, you will you find two Bembas opposing each other fiercely and belonging to two or three different parties. Tell me what parties do Tongas who oppose hh belong to? Nevers Mumba put his political differences aside and showed up to support the signing of the new constitution. HH was no where to be seen at the signing of the constitution even though he was the one who was initially drumming for the people’s driven constitution.

    Bembas are open people and will support anyone who is open. They supported upnd under Mazoka overwhelmingly. Mazoka got more votes than Chiluba in northern province and luapula. HH is the problem as he suffers from inferiority complex and plays the victim card all the time. HH won’t support anyone unless it’s him. Sakwiba Sikota a Lozi was acting president when Mazoka died. Explain to me how HH took over from Sakwiba without a convention? What about that? Explain to me please?

    Truth hurts
    January 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • I quote, “Mazoka got more votes than Chiluba in northern province and Luapula”. You must be an idiot! In Luapula Levy 71,509 Christone Tembo 11,162 Tilyenji 10,480 and Mazoka 5,674. In Northern Levy 82,867 Tilyenji 25, 954 Christone Tembo 24,823 Sata 15,781 and Mazoka 8,888. Check the ECZ website. Which more vote are you talking about? You know clear cut that HH is far far better than Lungu and yet tribalism, hate, envy will just not allow you to like him. Was Nawakwi at the signing ceremony for you to single out HH? Who is Nevers Mumba in Zambian politics? A man who gets less that 0.5% in a national election! You are just one on the many functional illiterates who have been dupe that signing a 30 pages document Bill is the same as signing a constitution. I want you to know that what was signed at heroes is nothing compared to the 2,000 paged Zambian constitution.

      Walya Iwe
      January 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    • You are very poorly and ignorantly informed. First of all Mazoka never competed with Chiluba. Secondly The only provinces where Mazoka was not voted were Luapula, Northern and to good extent Eastern Provinces. You shamelessly want to praise Mazoka now just because he is dead. You were the same people singing about him being tribal until he died and today you claim that you voted for him, what kind of arrogance and fo.olishness is that. This tribalism you pride your self is worse than colonialism and be assured that other people are not dull and one day the same way the colonialist was fought is how your tribalism will be fought. You want to talk about HH ascendency to UPND leadership without facts. Help yourself by being informed. Sakwiba lost to HH at the UPND conversion that he himself organized and then cried wolf.Didnt SAkwiba form his own party where is it now? Didn’t Nevers Mumba take over vibrant MMD where is it?

      January 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

  7. I’m bemba but I support the writer of this article 100%. Bembas are hypocrites. There should never be room for tribalism in this modern day!

    January 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  8. There is no way HH was going to be at heroes stadium when he clearly saw what PF had done to the document. He is not a fool like most PF cadres who support blindly. IMPORTANT CLAUSES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THAT DOCUMENT! That is not the complete document people were demanding for!

    January 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  9. The reactions I have received just confirm what I said about the writer of this article and the bloggers supporting him. I rest my case.

    January 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  10. I agree with one thing Masinga has stated in his last paragraph. There is likely not to be a zambia after august 11,2016.
    The BA’64 issue is simmering, but will likely explode depending on how the election results will be perceived.
    If unfairness is detected many people will question what is meant by this “unitedness”.

    itizi turu
    January 8, 2016 at 6:58 pm

  11. Iwe who s fighting U5 u have records,this is a democratic country dont force pipo to vote yo favourate candidate let me tell u akantu ni mu balot.grow up dont tell us wat to do.remember its jst one vote from u…..

    January 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.