Stop the careless tribal talk – Acting President Chikwanda

Alexander Chikwanda

Alexander Chikwanda

Acting Zambian President Alexander Chikwanda has revealed that  Government is deeply concerned with recent media reports attributed in some cases, to senior government officials alleging that there is the practice of tribalism in the Patriotic Front (PF) and in government.

The ruling PF has been entangled in wrangles with cadres protesting demanding for the resignation of General Secretary Wynter Kabimba. He has however reacted that the cadres are sponsored by a clique of tribal elements within PF who want him hounded out.
Kibimba said he has realized that PF was more tribal than UPND and MMD his party has been accusing of being tribal. He cited Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili as one of the members of the clique.
But Chikwanda who is also President Michael Sata’s Uncle and serves as Finance Minister has directed PF members against enging on what he termed careless tribal talks. He said this in a statement released on Friday, September 27, 2013.
Below is the statement in full:
Government is deeply concerned with recent media reports attributed in some cases, to senior government officials alleging that there is the practice of tribalism in the Patriotic Front (PF) and in government.
It is indisputable that Zambia’s biggest asset is its peace and unity and that all its people live in harmony. In fact, Zambia’s natural unity is …its fortress and anyone attempting to bring disunity based on tribe or ethnic grouping is strongly frowned upon.
Therefore the careless talk about tribalism is dangerous, regrettable and only serves to sow seeds of disunity. The talk is counter-productive to the well-being of the country and must be curbed immediately.
We must emphasize that the recent happenings in the Patriotic Front are purely internal debate and the normal practice of internal democracy. The political differences in the PF party will be resolved using established channels and its internal grievance handling process.
We should state that Government is functioning normally and there is no paralysis, fear or dysfunction as alleged by certain media reports. It is, therefore, naïve and illusory for the Opposition to assume that the internal differences in the PF will result in their reaping political fortunes.
Over the years, the PF has demonstrated that it is a resilient and strong party that eventually overcomes its internal challenges and has emerged stronger and united.
Diversity of views can never be at variance with the dictates or imperatives of unity. The PF Party will also not yield to selfish interests or private cleavages perpetrated by persons or individuals attempting to hijack the party or pursue agendas which are adrift with the national development agenda.
The Opposition will also not succeed in derailing government’s ambitious development agenda. It is, therefore, desirable that all leaders in the PF work together for the good of the party and country.
Government is committed to its national development program and will not be dissuaded by activities that undermine this noble agenda.
Government is also focused in ensuring that poverty levels are significantly reduced, and that jobs and wealth are created. 
Hon. Alexander B. Chikwanda M.P
Acting President & Minister of Finance Republic of Zambia