Opinion: Tribalism

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By Hope Nyambe

By any measure, the issue of tribalism is a campaign strategy that some political parties in Zambia are dangerously flirting with.

It’s so disheartening to hear statements argued purely on the basis of tribe. To catalogue people of a particular tribe in this age and era as having the same traits is not only myopic but a dangerous precedent to set for the future. Tribalism, racism and other similar ills are not traits that we are born with, they are learned and reinforced over time.

In the past 3 -5 years, aided with unchecked political rhetoric, tribalism has been systematically ingested by the Zambian people. We are at a stage where before we argue the merits or demerits of any statement, we are made conscious of the tribal inclination of the person who’s made the statement.

We are slowly being re-educated and accepting tribalism as being ‘OK.’ The same way that corruption has become so entrenched in all the fabrics of our society, is the same way that tribalism if left unchecked will be. Imagine a society where the content of one’s character means nothing unless you are from a particular tribe.

Who ever coined the slogan ‘One Zambia One Nation’ did not think of it simply as an idiom, he prescribed a way of life, a way of life that has in the last 40 years held us together peacefully and averted any ethnic or tribal wars. Let us not throw away the peace we have known for all these decades simply for political mileage.

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4 Responses to Opinion: Tribalism

  1. Tribalism was advocated by sons of merchants who grew up in Zambia after coming with their parents from Zaire during the liberal economy policy. These came embeded with genes of dancing and fighting. To seek dominance, they begun to preach hatred for citizens in other parts of Zambia other than those who knew them well such Luapula, Northern, CB. They went on unnoticed so much and so dangerous that they misled unsuspecting leaders like late in 2006 that he (Sata) would not campaign in Southern, North Western & Western. The big man ended up misplacing his cards. This is almost what Lungu has fallen in. He, so far has never been to Southern or Northwestern. and only in Mong but we hear he claims he has won. These Zairean even have advised their ‘victims’ to use bemba when campaigning. Look at the real bembas themselves are very good guys, in any gathering you have to wait they stand to speak good english with proper phonetics. They marry any Zambian they wish to. They are everwhere in all the parts of our country. These days they rear even cows – they love the cows not only as munani but just as animals. They even know that animals can make one rich. Ask Mwansa Kapeya. Mwansa Kapeya would not even call HH a satanist because he (kapeya) understands the riches behind animal husbandry. These Zairean who have changed the way zambians respect ethnicity. They are so dangerous. We must reject them and just may be accept their ONLY their dancing traits.

    January 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  2. Well spoken ….. We need to unite as zambians to take our country forward.

    GBM senegal
    January 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  3. tribalism is here to stay whether we like it or not coz politicians have realized that it is a very useful campaign strategy.

    January 11, 2015 at 8:29 am

    • NEVER!!! We should kill it completely with the IN-COMING government.

      I hail from the East, my wife is Bemba, my wife’s parents are Bemba and Lozi, i.e. One Zambia One Nation.

      January 11, 2015 at 9:35 am

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