Power and Politics

Movement for Democratic Change fears tribalism creeping into national life, calls for unity


The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called on government to put in place stringent stop gap measures aimed at dealing with any revenue leakages in the decentralisation process.

MDC acting Secretary General, Joyce Musenge, said where there was human interaction, there would always be individuals with dubious intentions to dupe the system.

Musenge said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday.

She said sealing all revenue leakage loopholes would be instrumental in the quest to accelerate national development in view of the equitable distribution of resources as already demonstrated by government.

“As a political party, we want to commend government for actualizing decentralization through among other avenues, increase in the distribution of the CDF and devolving some of the functions of government to local level,” Musenge said.

She said through these interventions, there was an increased distribution of resources to the grassroot and development expedited unlike the times when resources were centrally managed.

Musenge said the distribution of resources to local level spoke greatly to this year’s independence theme.

“We also want to urge Zambians to reflect on the 1964 independence struggle by our forefathers and freedom fighters and hold hands together to preserve this great opportunity of peace and development realised in Zambia,” she said.

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Musenge said as a country, there was need to uphold the founding President, Kenneth Kaunda’s motto of ‘One Zambia One Nation.’

She said at the moment, there was some level of despondency as a result of tribalism championed by a few elements who do not mean well to the country’s unity.

“It is our strong standing as a party that all Zambians must have a feeling of belonging to the country without being intimidated based on tribal or political lines,” Musenge said.

She said unity and prosperity must remain key even as the country commemorates 59 years of independence.

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