UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema claims that some tribes had sworn to eliminate Tonga politicians so that they did not rule the country.
Contributing to Sky FM radio’s Sky Forum programme, Hichilema also alleged that UPND’s founding president Anderson Mazoka was eliminated because he was Tonga by tribe.
The programme aired on Tuesday September 11, 2012, discussed police cancellation of the UPND planned public rally in Lusaka’s Kanyama compound about two weeks ago.
Hichilema accused President Michael Sata of ordering police to disclose his bank accounts to the public as a way of harassing him because he is Tonga.
“Did Mwanawasa do that to Sata? He didn’t. Did Rupiah Banda do that to Sata? He didn’t. Why is Sata doing it on Hakainde? Answer that question. Look, there are people who have made a decision that people from certain regions of Zambia should never be allowed to form government; to be President,” Hichilema said.
“This is why Mazoka was eliminated. This is why many people are dead today. Now, should we be killing each other to compete to serve the people of Zambia better? No! The issue is I can never produce your bank account without a court order; only a court order allows you to do that.”
An emotional Hichilema accused The Post newspaper management of having deliberately kept quiet about the alleged disclosure of his bank accounts because they hated him.
He accused Post editor-in-chief Fred M’membe of having killed Mazoka.
“And The Post, which is a PF newsletter, failed even to report that incident because they were embarrassed. All they can report is hatred about Hakainde,” said Hichilema.
“Talking about Mazoka’s name, M’membe never loved Mazoka. If I had my way, M’membe would not be allowed to use Mazoka’s name because he drove Mazoka into the grave by writing about him every day. A dead Mazoka is a good one. Marcus I want to go; please let me go. I’m not happy and this is not good for our country.”