President Sata attacks UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for his visit to UTH
President Sata has described UPND leaders visit to UTH yesterday as cruel and self centred.He advised Mr.Hichilema to stop acting like a Merchant of death and scorned him for supporting the strike action.
Yesterday UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema toured UTH to assess the situation at the Hospital. Mr. Hichilema appealed to government to pay the nurses the salary they promised them and clean up all the distortions in the new salary arrangements.The UPND leader went on to write a letter to the President in which he urged President Sata to urgently intervene in the matter by committing to rewarding the nurses and midwives according his government’s earlier promise.
Mr. Hichilema said that government officials got their 100 percent increment and were paid on time and it is morally right that government does the same for the nurses and midwives.Mr. Hichilema said it is the constitutional right of the nurses to express themselves in the manner they have done and that no one should use brutality or charge them.
However President Sata has describe Mr.Hichilema as self centred with no regard for relatives and friends of those suffering as a result of the strike.
Below is the Full press statement
LUSAKA, Thursday, October 10, 2013 – His Excellency, Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has advised UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to desist from acting like a ‘Merchant of Death’.
The President’s remarks comes in the wake of Mr. Hichilema’s recent visit to the University Teaching Hospital [UTH] where he went to incite the striking nurses, pharmacists and midwives not to return for work.
But President Sata said it is unfortunate that the UPND leader has embarked on a ‘cruel and self-centred’ mission of encouraging striking health workers without scruple or regard for innocent people’s lives.
The Head of State wondered how Mr. Hichilema expects the Zambian people particularly the relatives and friends of those suffering as a result of the strike to vote for him, if he is in the forefront of cheering the striking workers.
“Mr. Hichilema’s cheap attempt to gain political mileage from strikes when multitudes of our people’s lives are at stake is not only regrettable but callous. This level of self-centredness and desperation should be avoided by leaders especially those seeking public office,” President Sata said.
President Sata urged the striking nurses, pharmacists and midwives to resume work immediately stating that the Government was handling their matter competently.
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