My response to Sunday Chanda’s response on tribe

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Laura Miti

Sunday Chanda

Hi Sunday

I am very glad you have responded to my post because I really would like to engage you on this tribe issue.

I notice that your response takes a part jocular, part escapist stance – not at all tackling the matter I raise. Now, I really do wish we could laugh about this. As you know, I am happy to sit with you and enjoy a drink, you buy for me, and laugh. We can laugh as I tell you, again, that I think Edgar Lungu is a disastrous President who is sitting up there unfastening all manner of crucial national bolts, seemingly unaware that, if he keeps at it, the whole machine will come apart beneath him. You can insist that I just do not know the fellow and that he is actually not half bad. That maybe I should give him a chance. We can verbally spar about our polar positions on where the country is headed. I am sorry though Sunday, PF tribalism is not one of those things I can allow you to cleverly lighten.

I will tell you why. It is because individual lives of very innocent non-political citizens are being destroyed by this hate machine you are now responsible for.

You see, if the hate campaign the PF was running had somehow managed to restrict itself to savaging HH and his UPND, I would not be quite bothered. HH is a big boy with deep pockets. If he cannot get his media team to debunk the muck you guys throw at him, then that is his problem. My sense of panic is because the EL administration seems to have decided that, in order to hold on to power, it will hurt a whole section of Zambia and wantonly destroy one of the greatest attributes we had as a nation – seeing ourselves as Zambian first then members of a tribe, second.

What I am asking you to do Sunday is to take off your political lenses for a moment and imagine yourself as a Tonga, Lunda or Lozi, in current Zambia. Think of yourself as an ordinary Joe from those tribes, a doctor, teacher or mechanic just living your life – no more interested in politics than the usual comments in a bar. Imagine being that guy and listening to a Chishimba Kambwili or Sunday Chanda speak about you and yours. Knowing your gene pool has been declared a mortal sin. Consider knowing that your work-mate, Lucky Banda, (pun intended) can hold his head up and put up his hand for any opportunity simply because of the part of the country he comes from. As for you, your lot is to be silently but fully aware that the majority people who have been retired in national interest by your government, have lost their jobs simply because they are you. Knowing there is nothing you can do about it, if you are on the next list, after all you can’t stop being Tonga. Being so scared you might be on that list that you just about apologise when you are seen.

That is what you are responsible for in the PF right now, Sunday – ensuring that Tongas and their cousins are second class citizens. The sad thing is, you know, or at least I hope that you do, that yours is a duty to ensure that the country remains so tribally divided only for political reasons. Like Chishimba Kambwili whose vilify-the Tonga job you took over, and who apologised to those Tonga within an eye-blink of leaving office, you know that there is nothing wrong with the part of the country you are forever painting black. What I am trying to make you see is that while you are viewing this strategy you are implementing as political, it left the political arena a long time ago. It is hurting ordinary people. What alarms me is the seeming lack of consideration in the whole PF that there might be consequences for this dangerous game you are all playing. I just wonder how you do not ask yourselves how long people will accept for their children to come home from school asking what is wrong with being Tonga.

Surely, Sunday, there are other ways to hold on to power, even rigging, if you must. Just stop this killing of the soul of a nation in ways that could set us on fire.

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4 Responses to My response to Sunday Chanda’s response on tribe

  1. Sunday Chand -a God is watching and we are praying that for many people who have lost jobs – and the kids are not going to school as a result HE WILL DO SOMETHING.

    James Bond
    August 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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  2. Laura Miti it is surprising that an intelligent person like you can without knowing instigate the same tribal remarks which you are against through your writ-up. I am am disappointed.Let us focus on uniting the country than causing division scrupulously hiding in the name of condemning tribalism.

    victor
    August 18, 2018 at 11:48 am
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  3. Laura Miti it is surprising that an intelligent person like you can without knowing instigate the same tribal remarks which you are against through your write-up. I am am disappointed.Let us focus on uniting the country than causing division scrupulously hiding in the name of condemning tribalism.

    victor
    August 18, 2018 at 11:49 am
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    • I do not see Laura’s tribalism in this rebut, with a writing style in its own class. Thing is PF retires half the population in some undeclared national interest. Some are still in civil service, constantly looking over their shoulders for the inevitable letter that must come when discovered,simply because their names are also found in ‘acceptable’ regions.

      Child of the Sky
      August 19, 2018 at 6:34 am
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