Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's evil to call Scott a colonialist - Fr Luonde
By Moses Kuwema
Mon 03 Feb. 2014, 14:01 CAT

ANGLICAN priest Fr Richard Luonde says it is evil for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to refer to Vice-President Dr Guy Scott as the only remaining colonialist.

In an interview, Fr Luonde said Hichilema was being racist, something he said should not be promoted. Hakainde last Wednesday racially attacked Vice-President Scott, saying he was the only remaining colonialist.

"Guy Scott is a Zambian who has grown up in Zambia and he should be allowed to exercise his freedom of expression. To begin to use the language which is provocative and segregates against individuals cannot be accepted in a modern Zambia. We should live in harmony. As a person who is educated, he should not utter such words. He is inciting people to rise against certain sections of society," Fr Luonde said.

He said it was unfortunate that current politicians were rooted in politics of tribe and regionalism.

Fr Luonde said the promotion of regionalism and tribalism in politics was bad.

"What is coming in could easily break up this nation and lead us to a civil war. Politicians should speak the language of development. We are headed nowhere if we speak the language of tribe and regionalism. Zambians should make sure people who are tribal and promote regionalism are not supported or listened to," he said.

Fr Luonde said the practice of tribalism and hatred was what led to the killing of innocent people in Uganda.

"We don't want Idi Amins in Zambia. If we become tribal and segregative, that will be a total destruction to our nation," said Fr Luonde.

When receiving defectors from other political parties in Matero last Wednesday, Hichilema said any Zambian who held a critical view against the government was being treated like a criminal even after years of independence from colonialists.

He said the country had gotten rid of all colonialists except Vice-President Scott.

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