Tribal tag dying
IT’S baffling that even at this modern time, some 'educated' prominent people cannot see the folly of having 'tribe' indicated on our National Registration Card (NRC). Fifty four years of independence should make us have only one 'tribe' proudly called 'Zambian'.
During colonial rule, the policy of divide and rule was fiercely applied. The colonialists planned to delay our independence by keeping on reminding us that we were not one nation but 73 different tribes. That's why 'tribe' was deliberately put on all official documents. During the struggle for independence, our freedom fighters were fighting as a nation, not as tribes. Now, what people with tribal mentality should know is that the future for 'tribe' is very bleak. Urbanization has sentenced 'tribe' to death with no option of appeal. As town, municipal and city councils multiply in Zambia, 'tribe' will have no place. In fact, in town, you are identified by your occupation, not tribe. Look at how Zambians are freely settling in any party of the country. These days you rarely see retirees going back to the land of origin. Now, home is where retirement has found you. Look at the frequency of intermarriages. Which 'tribe' can be given to intermarriage products like: Musonda Phiri, Kifita Mweemba, Mutale Sililo?
Fighting to retain 'tribe' on the NRC is taking the country backwards. Show me a country which is still promoting tribal identity and l will show you hundreds of states in America, Europe and Africa where tribal identity has been buried. National identity is the way to go.
The PF government is taking development to all parts of the country without looking at 'tribe'; without looking at 2016 voting pattern. That's the leadership Zambia needs!
So, next time someone asks you which tribe you are, tell them " Zambian." Let's all promote 'one Zambia, one nation' by supporting the removal of 'tribe' on our green NRC. It serves no purpose apart from promoting 'tribalism'. FRANCIS