Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili says his statement on on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview did not refer to any specific political party or region as being tribal and wonders why it’s only the UPND that has reacted to his statement.
Mr. Kambwili told ZNBC News in a telephone interview in Livingstone that he merely said that there are certain areas where tribalism was so rife and should be stopped.
He said his statement has been deliberately misunderstood by the UPND.
And Mr. Kambwili has wondered why it has to take the UPND to defend veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga on his rigging allegations.
He said private citizens have reported Mr. Mwaanga to the police and government did not want to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile Mr. Kambwili has accused the UPND of hypocrisy over the minimum Grade 12 constitutional requirement for one to stand as a ward Councillor or Member of Parliament.
Mr. Kambwili says it was UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema who asked his MPs not to debate any clause in the draft constitution and that it should be passed as it was submitted by the Technical Committee.
He said this was despite the government calling for the constitutional bill to be debated in parliament to identify such clauses and amend them.
Mr. Kambwili said that the government is still open and ready to amend clauses which are discriminatory.