“Kwao nikwao, kuno nikucipinda kwasu” – PF goes tribal in Kasenengwa campaigns

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The Patriotic Front (PF) has decided to use the forthcoming Kasenengwa by-election campaign to promote tribal hate and divisions in the country.

Despite the main opposition party, the UPND, not taking part in the polls, the PF have still taken the opportunity to remind the people of Kasenengwa never to vote for Hakainde Hichilema because is not an Easterner.

Addressing a small group of people in Chilile area of Kwenje Ward in Kasenengwa Constituency, Sinda independent MP Masautso Tembo, who is campaigning for PF candidate Sensio Banda, told the people of Eastern Province not to vote for politicians who hail from other provinces.

Tembo said: “Kwao nikwao, kwao nikwa…(audience responds, nikwao!), kuno nikwa…(audience responds, nikwasu!) kuno nikucipinda kwanu! Kucipinda timagonekako ni mulendo? Ene Alungu ndimwe angati pano? Ene Aphiri ndimwe angati pano? Lomba uyu Ha Ha Hakainde agone kwanu kubedi? Mulongosole? Nimwambo uyo? So Cokupemphani imwe makolo nichakuti zakuno nizakuno.

“Anzathu kuja ku Atonga avota! Kamba kakuti afuna chani, afuna wao. Ndani angachose mwana wake pamendo kuikapo wamzake? Unganyonse mwana wabene? Lomba munyonseni Edgar. Siwanu mwana? Pomunyonsa nikumpasa voti pa six!”

Translation: “This is your bedroom not theirs! Do you allow a visitor to sleep in your bedroom? No! How many Lungus are here? How many Phiris are here? Now, can you let this Ha Ha Hakainde sleep in your bedroom? Is it right? It is our culture? So what I am asking of you, my elders, is to favour your own.

“Our friends the Tongas vote in large numbers because they want their own. Who among you can remove their own child from their laps to place a child of another? Can you breast feed another person’s child instead of your own? Breast feed Edgar (President Lungu)! Isn’t he your child? You will do that by voting for the PF candidate on the sixth (September)!”

The Kasengengwa seat fell vacant following the death of area MP and Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima.

Like many other by-elections across the country, the ruling party is using the Kasenengwa poll to drum up support for President Edgar Lungu’s 2021 reelection bid.

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