Class division worse than regionalism – M’membe

By Staff Reporter

Socialist Party presidential candidate Fred M’membe has warned that the class division, which is deeply entrenched in the country, will cause more problems than regionalism.

According to a latest video recording, Dr M’membe who is also the party’s Deputy General Secretary said people were more worried about wrong issues while leaving out the actual problem.

“As long as we continue on this capitalist path the divisions will deepen. Apartheid will be back in our country in a big and big way. These divisions if they are allowed to continue they’ll not end well. This is not a recipe for unity in the nation. This is not a recipe for stability in the nation, this is not a recipe for peace in a country,” he warned. “It’s a recipe for serious revolts, for serious anarchy, for serious distabilisation. The worries about a divided nation are real. This country is indeed divided. But it’s not so much on the things people are so worried about; the issue of tribe, the issue of region. The division that really should cause us sleepless nights is one along class; the have and the have-nots. That’s the division that should really worry us.”

Dr M’membe said while it was easy to deal with tribalism and regionalism which were mainly imaginary, class division was real.

He said inequalities in any society were a recipe for resinous revolt.

“The tribe, the regionalism, it’s easy to deal with it because it’s much more of an imaginary thing and a political issue that can easily be resolved. But the bigger issue that really should worry us is the division along class lines,” Dr M’membe said. “Today, the whole nation reminds us of the divisions we had under apartheid when we had black people living on their own in Matero, Chilenje; the white people living on their own in Woodlands, Kabulonga and so on. We are today divided along those lines and in a much deeper way. Today the well to do have got their own schools, their own hospitals. The poor also have got their own inferior hospitals, inferior schools.”

He lamented that everything in society was now divided on class lines.

He said the only alternative to all these would be a socialist transformation.

“The well to do have got their big shopping malls which match those in the first world. They have got everything that is first world, while the conditions under which the poor are living are worsening and worsening. The two actually now don’t even mix. The only time they mix is when the poor come to work in the rich neighbourhoods,” said Dr M’membe. “It’s only the poor who move to Kabulonga, to Roma, to Olympia to Rhodes Park to work. The rich don’t go to Kanyama, to Zingalume, to Chazanga, to Chipata compound, to Mandevu to work; they don’t go there. The flow is only in one direction. The poor work for the well to do, the well to do don’t work for the poor. Even churches to day, you have got nice churches in the rich negbourhoods. On Sunday the churches are surrounded by many cars. There’s no alternative to a socialist transformation of our country to take care of these divisions. The only way out of this problem is a socialist transformation. Without that we are headed for serious, serious, serious problems.”