18th April 2019

PRESS STATEMENT
FROM PATRIOTIC FRONT LUSAKA YOUTH PROVINCE CHAIRMAN

*HAKAINDE HICHILEMA IS A TRIBALIST WHO APPLIES TRIBAL DOUBLE STANDARDS; HE TREATED ZULU HARSHLY YET LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN NKOMBO COMMITTED THE SAME “OFFENCE”.*

We note with concern the continued double standards based on tribalism and regionalism in the UPND.

It is only recently that the tribalism and regionalism of Mr Hakainde Hichilema and UPND caused a by –election in Kafue at great cost to the National Treasury, when they unfairly mistreated the former UPND Kafue District Chairperson Mr Thomas Zulu for attending the monthly Keep Zambia Clean and Health Campaign graced by the President of the Republic of Zambia His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in Kafue.

Mr Zulu was victimised by UPND merely for attending an official national engagement in his official jurisdiction officiated by President Lungu in his official capacity as Head of State. Mr Hichilema and his tribal UPND elements unfairly persecuted and ill-treated Zulu to the extent that the abuse made his continued stay in UPND untenable and he subsequently left the tribally inclined party and joined Patriotic Front; and a by-election ensued.

Yet when UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Hon Garry Nkombo recently committed the same “offence” of interacting with President Lungu when the Head of State officiated at the re-opening of Munali Nickel Mining in Mazabuka, UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema has suddenly lost his tongue and been mute about it.

There is nothing wrong with opposition officials interacting with the Head of State and Government officials; on the contrary, this should in fact be encouraged for the sake of development across our nation.

However, there is everything wrong with Mr Hichilema’s UPND double tribal standards of regionalism. This is clearly a mark of duplicity and shows that Mr Hichilema is a tribalist to the core who deals with people mainly on the basis of what region they come from and what surname they carry.

Mr Hichilema should also not expect people of Southern Province to blindly and automatically support him just because he comes from there. He is an embarrassment.

Zambia is bigger than the tribal ego of Hakainde Hichilema’s that is sinking UPND!

Abash tribalism!

Viva One Zambia; One Nation!

Issued by:

Daniel Kalembe
Patriotic Front Lusaka Youth Province Chairperson

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