Finally the president has been announced but one thing that keeps bothering me is the idea of tribalism in Zambia and the extent at which it has divided the people of Zambia. Truth be told the just ended elections were driven by tribalism and not free and fair election nor democracy.
Most of the people that voted; voted on the basis of “ because he is Bemba, Nyanja or Tonga ” and not on the quality of leadership and prosperity. But the question is why have Zambians let tribalism divide them to an extent of hating each other and insulting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016). According to David Mitchell, in the cycle of tribalism, the ignorance of the others engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence and violence engenders further violence until the only laws and rights are whatever is willed by the most powerful. This quotes is very true in relation with what is happening in Zambia. Firstly people some people do not want to accept the results and this has led to violence with people attacking one another on social media as well as physically (The Daily Nation, 2016).
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Tribalism has made people hate each other so bad that some of them forget that their relatives, mothers, wives and spouses come from other tribes and they have lived together without questioning which tribe one comes from. One would conclude that the people of Zambia do not change and as a result, they would rather vote for a person because of the tribe than because the person has what the capacity to led the country (Lusaka Voice, 2016).
To some extent Zambia’s democracy has gone so done that the idea of freedom does not reflect itself in Zambia. What has destroyed this country is not wanting to give other people chances show us what they offer us. Today people were celebrating the victory of the 6th President his Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and their is nothing wrong with that because at the end of the day, he is the president of Zambia but the problem is that tribalism has been used to divide people. Despite the failing prices, hunger and load shedding, people are now fighting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016).
I would encourage every one of my fellow Zambians to stop acts of tribalism on each other because the true cause of tribalism is faith which is an outward expression of the ancient instinct of tribalism.