Guard against tribal politics, UPND urges its members

By Staff Reporter

UPND chairman for industrial development Bernard Mpundu has urged party members to guard against tribal politics.

Speaking during a membership mobilisation meeting in Nyimba, Eastern Province last week, Mpundu told the party’s structures not to bother about UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s tribe.

He urged the gathering to continue rendering unflinching support to Hichilema and the opposition party’s vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

“Don’t be so concerned about somebody’s tribe – it should never be in your language. Even when you voted for your own son (President Edgar Lungu), there is nothing that is different from you and us because njala sisanka (hunger does not choose) and that’s why Hakainde is ready to die for you. He will continue talking for the poor! For as long as you are feeling the bad governance of Lungu, come along with Hakainde, you will not be segregated against in UPND. Let’s remove this tribal tag,” Mpundu said.

“Today we want to vote because we have chewed; chitenge material today is determining a vote, a T – shirt is determining a vote. Nyimba, I want you to tell me; are you going to sell your birthright over K20 or chitenge?”

Mpundu told the structures to support Hichilema and GBM at the UPND’s forthcoming general congress.