The Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CISCA) in a statement issued to the media has challenged President Lungu to act decisively on tribal utterances attributed to ChandaNyela saying if that had been said by any other tribe or an opposition leader, the government would have already taken action.
“Nyela, in his recent utterances, confirms something we have always suspected: that the ‘other tribes’ can never be considered for leadership. The singling out of only specific individuals from these tribes is merely a rouge to mask their deep-rooted tribalism that sees other tribes as not worthy of holding leadership roles in the country.” said part of the statement
CiSCA through its vice chairperson, Judith Mulenga said that expecting any action from the Home Affairs Minister was pointless, suggesting that Nyela might have acted on government’s instruction.
“Considering that these sentiments have been expressed openly and publicly without any censure or rebuke from both party and government leadership, we have no doubt that those spewing such vitriol are sanctioned by the PF leadership, with the full blessings of the Republican President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.”
According to CISCA, President Lungu should denounce utterances by his senior officials and punish them accordingly to deter others from the same tribal utterances in future.
“CiSCA calls on President Lungu to prove us wrong and categorically, unequivocally denounce his senior leaders for their tribal utterances and accordingly sanction them to deter others from this vice. We doubt he will. If he is unsure how to do this, we encourage President Lungu to seek counsel from our former first President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda who worked hard to erase the tribal lines which Lungu and his cronies are shamelessly working hard to bring back.”
“The Zambian people have worked hard over the years to live up to the ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ motto as manifested in the integration across tribes. Any utterances that promote tribalism go against the national values espoused in Article 8(d) of the Constitution, and undermines the national unity and harmony as contained in Article 43(d).”
“We note that the tribal attacks are perpetuated mainly by a few misguided individuals from one ethnic group, the Bemba. Sadly, the traditional leaders have remained mute suggesting that they too agree with this misrepresentation of the many Bemba speaking people who are not vile tribalists like the few PF leaders.”
Brebner Changala called for the immediate arrest of Nyela for his tribal utterances comparing the incident with one that involved an indian national in which the verbally abusive individual was arrested.
“Chanda Nyela must be arrested for his tribal utterances criminal abuse against the Tonga people of Southern Province,just like Chishimba Kambwili was arrested for verbally abusing an Indian National.
On Chishimba Kambwili the police never wasted time to effect an arrest. What’s good for the geese is good for the gander. Tonga people have been abused for far too long by criminals who think it’s their birth right to dominate the public and political space to the exclusion of other tribes like the Tongas, Lozis, Lundas, Kaondes, Mbundas and many more.”