Power and Politics

‘I’ll be tough from now onwards,’ Hichilema vows crackdown on promoters of hate speech, tribalism


President Hakainde Hichilema has issued a stern warning saying that anyone promoting hate speech and tribalism to disturb social peace will face the full force of the law.

According to the Wednesday edition of Zambia Daily Mail, the President urged the opposition to cease dividing the nation by championing tribalism and other divisive tactics.

Addressing a crowd at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola on Tuesday, Hichilema criticised opposition leaders for reportedly attempting to divide the very people they seek to lead.

“I will be tough from now onwards,” he declared. “If you want to fight Zambians, from today, anyone transgressing the law, the police will visit them,” he warned.

Hichilema emphasised that the New Dawn government was focused on addressing the country’s challenges rather than engaging in politicking.

He called on politicians to unite the people instead of causing division.

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Additionally, he highlighted the unity that arose from intermarriage among Zambia’s diverse ethnic groups, stating that children from such unions are all Zambians and should be united as one.

“Let us not talk tribe. When someone who is Tonga marries a Bemba, what are you supposed to call their children?” the President asked.

Echoing the President’s sentiments, United Party for National Development (UPND) National Youth Chairperson, Gilbert Liswaniso, urged Zambians to remain united despite political differences.

Speaking on Hot FM’s Hot Seat Programme, Liswaniso praised the President for focusing on the issues important to Zambians rather than engaging in divisive politics.

“These are the things which occupy the mind of the President and not what Edgar Lungu wants to bring to the table to cause a fight,” he said.

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