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Culture Of Insults In Zambia

It is really a pity if people are dehumanising and demonizing each other on any matter. Why insulting each other on tribal ground?
Monitors of conflict always see insults like one of early warning signs of an escalating conflict, and if that conflict is not well attended to in an appropriate way will lead to crisis. Conflict is dynamic; it keeps on changing and growing, if we don’t do anything to terminate it. Like pregnancy the more it grows the more it changes the parties in conflicts.
If Christopher Katongo is excelling in his soccer carrier, then what is the point of dragging in the issue him being a Bemba? And saying all sorts of violent word on Bembas? What does Bemba has to do with him scoring goals? (By the way I am not a Bemba). I have been reading comments on many issues and three quarters of them is about insulting each other, reducing each other to cockroaches and insects. This is a terrible stage of conflict.
We may say in Zambia, there is “peace”; this is because of our wrong definition of peace. We think peace is merely the absence of war. These insults we throw to each other, these tribal remarks we have embraced as in integral part of our culture will destroy us in the end. It has been a culture of leaving the published issue at hand or the breaking news (e.g. Katongo nets brace) and go in a completely another direction of expressing our hatred against each other.
I have lots of evidences on what I am talking about yet I would like to pick the today’s breaking news on Tumfweko entitled Katongo nets brace. When you go through the comments amazingly you will realize that the first two or three comments are based and connected to the news but from there onwards we have an exchange of insults, dehumanising and demonizing one another using violent and abusive words against each other.
Whenever you reduce your fellow human being (a Bemba, Lozi or Tonga just to name a few) to a cockroach or in insect you are positioning yourself on a killing side; it becomes very easy to kill an insect than a human being. So a Bemba can easily kill a Tonga if this one is just a cockroach to them and vice-versa, moreover you may not even call it murder just because you have stepped on a “cockroach”.
We must not underestimate the power of words. Genocides start with careless statements that we make and throw to each other. You can’t jock by using derogatory statements to your fellow human being. Such “jocks” have potential of conflict which may escalate to a crisis. At times it wise to learn to separate a person from the issue. The issue is Katongo scored two goals… it is not Katongo Bemba, President Bemba and so forth and so on.
This culture of wako Ni wako in Africa and particularly in Zambia will destroy us and will not make us develop as a country. Because s/he is wako, therefore s/he is always right hence you must support them at all cost; on the other hand since s/he is not wako therefore s/he is always wrong and you must not support them. This is a very dangerous and backward attitude. Out of this attitude we have the insiders and the outsiders. Hence Killing and insulting an insider is considered as sin and wickedness but killing and insulting an outsider is not a big deal, it is allowed even by God, it is same as killing a rat. Oh! May God where are we going as Nation?
Let us learn to appreciate the diversity we have in Zambia.

Pastor Paul Wise Lumbu
Ulendo Building Stand Number 9816, Mumbwa Road
P.O. Box: 33253, Lusaka
Mobile: +260 955 780 461
Mobile: +27 820 830 245
E-mail: the_wise2010@hotmail.com
Lusaka / Zambia

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84 Responses to Culture Of Insults In Zambia

  1. Shii

    April 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Muli mbwa bonse bafikala tamwakwata amano satani company

  2. Dora jail bird

    April 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Tumfweko a site for competitive insulting.The winner of the best insulting award goes to Ukusefya pa ……The second price goes to Detonata.Ke ke ke ke , you chaps can insult.My earliest baby talk was da da da, I wonder what could have been your earliest baby talk..Chi.. chi.. chi..

  3. 9mamba

    April 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    GO TO YOUTUBE AND TYPE; WHAT SATA SAID IN BOTSWANA, THERE IS A RECORDING OF THE MEETING

  4. Dollar Banda

    April 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Insults can not just stop by mere mentioning because Satan takes advantage of the exist tools. This media was suppose start to censorship in order to discourage the abusers. As the decent people are using for benefits others some are display childish characteristics, Satanism, ignorance, illitrecay, frustration, disappointment, jealous, insanity and so on.

  5. Kopala (Jerrabuoy unity)

    April 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    @ci mama we mbwa we!!

  6. Slu

    April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Insult then we remain quiet as you are more superior than other tribes. This great nation will one day find itself in problems if the current situation is left unchecked. Viva ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION. We are all equal whether from east, west, north or south and whether educated or uneducated. May the Almighty God help us to tolerate and accept one another.

  7. J'bourg

    April 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This issue of insults does not make us masters in any way but let us learn to respect each other as all sons and daughters of our Almighty God, afterall, we are all called Christians despite us being Lozi or Tonga or Bemba or even Kaonde. God does not see at these ethnic groupings but as His Children.

  8. KAPALAKASHA

    April 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    well thought & somehow timely…NAKALEBALIKA BASHIMAPEPO MUKWAI…

  9. kabova

    April 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    THE WAY YOU HAVE UPROOTED THE FACT I LIKE IT. IF YOU TAKE SOMEONE TO BE A RAT IT BECOMES EASY TO KILL THAT PERSON COS TO YOU HE/SHE IS A RAT. TUTSIS AND HUTUS WERE TALKING ABOUT KILLING ROACHES. WE CAN START NOW. I LOVE YOU ALL. FORGIVE ME IF I OFFENDED SOMEONE ON KATONGOS PAGE

  10. POLITICAL OBSERVER

    April 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    PF is a mayozo forwarding party

  11. musonda222

    April 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    My post has not been posted. Did I say something wrong or is it selective

  12. Magwazvi

    April 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Mamen lets be gentlemen,you never win anything thru insults.love your neighbor as you love yourself.

  13. Jmc007

    April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    These blogs can help us unite and forget about tribes and indolence, if we realise that they are meant to inseminate news that educates , entertains and generally share opinions on current affairs. Unfortunately, we prefer to try and outdo each other on insults and tribalistic comments. If you’ve noticed the people who insult have similsr language as callboys and 99% of callboys have never seen the inside of a classroom. So ladies and gentlemen if you fall in this category , be at liberty to continue with what you know best!

  14. Jmc007

    April 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I meant insolence and not indolence!

  15. KAPALAKASHA

    April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    FELLOW ZAMBIANS LETS TRY TO BE GENUINE….UMUNTU ALANDA IFYAMANO, SOME PIPO FIND IT TO BE A JOKE, THEY INSULT HIM& CALL HIM ALL SORTS OF NAMES…i find to be so un zambian……..lets be real guys… nakalebalika…

  16. umufuntunpumpu

    April 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Tumfweko simply block those who insult here,this site won’t grow if people keep posting childish irrelevant comments.

  17. Uncle p

    April 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    @Bantustan, try & try to go to the level of bembas, u ll never ever reach there, not in this world maybe in the next. we will continue to rule zed, give chance to esteners who are reasonable. for u guys forget. not until you change your selfish behaviour. we cant risk the gorvernance on u, why? for your own knowledge we be$mbas love ourselves more than you think u love your tribe. no insults but viva bemba, lovely people. kalebalika bamwana mayo

  18. xd

    April 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    @Uncle p,
    Stop pretending you are Bemba my brother/ sister. Clearly, you are a Southerner with a motive of indirectly inciting hatred towards Bembas. I am 100% Bemba, but i totally disagree with your comment. And by the way, you are embarrassing all the Bembas. Bembas are not as boastful as you have put it here. If anything, Bembas would be the last people to pass such comments, particularly knowing that the current President is Bemba, elected by people from across the whole country. For all Bembas on this blog, be careful, for there are lots people on these Zambian online blogs who pretend to be Bembas and go on to insult and denounce other tribes. Their objective is clear. They would like to spearhead a national hatred and thus uprise against Bembas just because a Bemba President defeated their preferred candidate in the September 2011 tripartite elections. Ladies and Gents, Zambia and its future are in our hands. Let’s save our country from the dirty of insults and hatred towards one another.

  19. leon

    April 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    MAIN REASON,SAY FOR EXAMPLE,WHY DOGS WOULD FIGHT,IS HUNGER AND THAT WOULD EVEN BE OVER A DRY BONE.WITH HUMANS,IT’S ALMOST THE SAME CA– USE,UNEMPLOYMENT,POVERTY,LAZYNES,JEALOUSY AND OVERALL IGNORANCE WIL BE THE CA– USE FOR INSULTS AND FIGHTS EVEN OVER NSIMA.SO MARK MY WORD THOSE WHO INSULT WIL NOT MOSTLY BUT ARE STINGY AND GREAT EATERS .

  20. indigenous tonga

    April 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    all of you are cowards,if not write in the print medias we see your full names

  21. indigenous tonga

    April 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    if anything your insults doesn’t go anywhere.they are just within yourselves.

  22. bernice

    April 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    tonga bull…uz a fool..u even sound like a tribalist

  23. Original Zambian

    April 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Iwe Lumbu, being a Bemba is synonymous with theft and insults. Read amalumbo of obsin language in praise of the dead chief Chitimukulu.What a backward culture at variance with morality.

  24. fimoneni

    April 5, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Why is it that all insults posted on this blog are in icibemba. Even true bantustan is vile in bemba

  25. kubwata bwata

    April 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    ‘pastor’ paul lumbu.. The biggest insult of all is that you worship a white god, white angels and white jesus. Please stop praising a m’zungu made god and learn to call things by their names., now thats being a true african!

  26. Nambala Wanu

    April 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

    @ fimoneni…although not always first language ichibemba is the most popular african lingua spoken in Zambia.

  27. gondwe amon

    April 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    If this ethnic insulting remains unchecked, we expect the 1994 Rwandan genocide to happen in Zambia one day,my words.

  28. Kanakashi wa mfumu princess

    April 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I wanted to pass a positive comment but hve been provoked by so many people frm this site esp chi cheers na chi mama namituka but I wont say it check 4 a dictionary of insults en choose wat wil fit u. Naiwe ka pastor u suppose 2 b readin th bible not blog

  29. micheal

    April 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Pastor its Tongas who started these insults and anti Bemba sentiments.When the PF/UPND pact collased they were excited that SATA will never be president.However God was with us and they were ashamed with they watch-dog online publication.
    Lets pray for Tonga deliverence from hate and envy.

  30. One Tex

    April 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

    @ uncle P, you are a hater. U are one of those pipo busy inciting pipo to insult becoz of comments like yours.

  31. ndikalombwana kachende

    April 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    All those who are complaining that tongas are exercising tribalism,u are wrong.
    it is these useless bunch of thugs TONGA BULL, BANTUSTAN etc who are neither TONGAS nor BEMBAS . These nitwits are just confusing people by trying to make a name.
    How can a person make a name through insults ? please never insult t them back one day it will come to their senses and stop this kind of nosense.

  32. KAMEMBYA

    April 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

    TONGAS ARE EDUCATED,YOU WILL REMAIN STEALING COPPER…

  33. Dumbe

    April 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    A tribal crisis is looming in the country. You are spot on pastor. The sad part is that this hate speech is being championed by some newspapers. What the people say in the online publications is a true reflection of how tension is rising. Who ever rubbishes what is in the online pubs do that at their own peril. A huge crisis is just waiting for someone to ignite the fire.

  34. PF cadre

    April 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The issue of insults is more pronounced in the Bemba language, therefore it sure goes to say if the people trading in these insults are Bemba then can comfortably say the Bembas are the least educated in Zambia.