2 July 2012

Zambia: Address Tribal Politics, Says Chipimo

THE National Restoration Party (Narep) has added its voice on the need to address the issue of tribal politics that is gradually affecting Zambia.

Narep president Elias Chipimo said in an interview yesterday that if the issue of tribalism in the political arena was left unchecked it might cause serious consequences.

Mr Chipimo said a national conference to discuss the best solutions of dealing with tribalism in politics should be called.

His party was willing to share the table with other political leaders and stakeholders to come up with a solution which would address the issue of a non-tribal society.

"There is need for the involvement of all leaders, youths and women to come together and discuss how we can have a non-tribal society," he said.

He however, said there was nothing wrong for people to associate with people who shared similar cultural trends, but this should not be done to disadvantage other tribes.

"There is basically nothing wrong with tribalism, as people always feel close to people they share the similar culture with. What is wrong is excluding others based on tribal grounds," he said.

Last week Vice-President Guy Scott said political leaders who want to engage in politics on tribal grounds were wasting their time as there was no room for that in Zambia.

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