Many Africans across the globe, especially in America and Kenya were excited when Barrack Obama become President of America because they identified themselves with him. The Islamic Countries were also happy because the father to Barack Obama (Mr. Barack Hussein Obama Sr.) is believed to have been a Muslim.
But how much of African and Muslim did we see in Obama’s Presidency? Africans in America cannot really say, their lives have changed because they elected one of their own.
For the Muslim, the drones has killed more Muslim than during the time of George Bush.
I don’t like fundamentalism (or terrorism) of either Muslim or Christian but those who are, should not be killed like flies. That is not justice as preached by Americans themselves, and two wrongs do not make a right.
Back home, it is natural to get excited if one of your tribes-mate becomes President but how much does that work for us individually or as a tribe.
I like my brother Dr. Chishimba Kambwili but I am opposed to his attitude that Tongas that they are very tribal and they would rather vote for a stone than any other tribe. Tongas, are very reasonable like any of us and they have more powerful doctorates than mine (if I have one).
When I was growing up, one of our neighbors in Ndola, Pamodzi VLC were Tongas (Mr. Mwamunyima) and they were very good to all the neighbors. The Mwamunyimas were the first ones to have a TV and the entire neighborhood used to crowd their house to watch Magaiva.
In my work at The Zambian Voice, I have a lot of friends who are Tongas and they have been very helpful and interactive.
Actually the best women I have met are Tongas and if tribe was a woman, I would have said my next wife will be Tonga but I am open to what God will bring forth.
Generally I have found Tongas to be very good. Unfortunately, HH is nothing of what I have found in many Tongas. But this is not exceptional to Tongas, you find such people everywhere, even among Bembas.
HH to start with is very egocentric such that, even his fellow Tongas cannot pride in his wealth because it is his and his nuclear family.
We saw the pictures of HH’s relatives, clearly HH does not help much of the Tongas otherwise he has too much money to have his relatives looking like my poor relatives.
If anything, study the behavior of HH, he is really not so much of a proud Tonga. The behavior of HH is like, if he shows that he is Tonga, he would lose the chance of being President, which is wrong.
HH should be proud to be Tonga, because Tongas are good people and they are Zambians like anyother tribe, so why should he be ashamed to identify himself with them unless when it comes to him being voted for by his tribes-mate.
HH has exacerbated the perception of Tongas as Tribal because he uses the fact that he is Tonga, all Tongas should vote for him, just like we heard him in that leaked phone conversation with a youth from Siavonga.
It is a pity that a younger man like Gary Nkombo could also stoop low to say that only a Tonga should be an MP for Mazabuka.
I am happy that President Edgar Lungu is spending sometime in Southern Province. And I hope my good Tongas will spend time with them.
I hope Amos will accord the President time to just interact with people there. People need to access their President and talk to him.
Objectively speaking, PF has tried to spread development throughout the Country such that my brothers and sisters in the Southern cannot complain of having been left out in developmental projects.
I would therefore, doubt that UPND under HH would do more than what PF is doing because already from the behavior and riches of HH, we cannot really say, HH has such a big heart for the Tongas.