The MMD in Southern province has reacted sharply to opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president, Hakainde Hachilema in which he has accused government of failing to assist flood victims.
The ruling party has also asked the UPND leader to apologise to the people of Zambia for insulting and using derogatory remarks against President Mwanawasa and his ministers.
Provincial Secretary, Emmanuel Siamwela said the attacks on government are baseless and done ignorantly because government through the office of the Vice President responded in barely two days after the flood struck Mazabuka, Monze, Namwala and other districts.
Mr Siamwela said Mr Hachilema should have consulted the office of the Vice President before rushing to the press because flood victims have been assisted with Tents, Mealie meal, Kapenta and Beans to the victims.
He advised Mr Hichilema to desist from politicising the flood situation but assist government find ways of mitigating the effects of the floods.
Mr Siamwela said the MMD will not tolerate politicians inciting flood victims to rise against government when they failed to provide humanitarian assistance.
The party provincial secretary was reacting to a story in today’s Post newspaper, headlined MMD’s service delivery is below par.
Mr Siamwela also accused Mr Hchilema of concentrating on attcking government because his mother’s village was swept away by floods.
He also challenged Mr Hichilema why he decided to visit a few selected villages in Mazabuka and Monze instead of the extending his tour to other districts such as Kazungula, Sinazongwe and Siavonga districts.
Mr Siamwela has commended the Catholic church, Redcross, World Vision Zambia and Albidon Zambia limited for donating food aid to the flood victims of Mazabuka.
Meanwhile, President Levy Mwanawasa is tomorrow expected in Mazabuka district in Southern province to tour flood ravaged areas.
The President is also expected to visit Monze and Namwala districts which have equally been hit by floods.
This is according to a programme released to ZANIS in Mazabuka by District Commissioner, Misheck Chiinda this morning.
Mr Chiinda said Dr Mwanawasa will depart Lusaka at 09:30 hours by Chopper and will land at Mbiya Basic School where he would visit over 40 families affected by floods and are temporarily accommodated in tents by Government.
He said the President will also conduct an aerial view of Itebe area in Chief Mwanachingwala which has remained inaccessible since the district was hit by floods three weeks ago.
According to the programme, Mr Chiinda said Dr Mwanawasa is expected to arrive in Monze district at 11:20 hours and depart for Namwala at 13:00 hours where he is also expected to tour flood affected areas before winding up his schedule.
And Magoye UPND Member of parliament, Ben Mweemba says President Mwanawasa’s visit to Mazabuka to check on the flood victims is significant for the people of Mazabuka.
Mr Mweemba told ZANIS in Mazabuka today, that the visit will bring to light the hardships the flood victims are going through and how government can expedite the distribution of humanitarian assistance to the victims.
He said President Mwanawasa deserves to be commended for fulfilling his promise to visit the people affected by floods.
” I personally spoke to the President and he assured me he would visit my constituency, am excited with the visit,” said Mweemba.
Magoye constituency, which covers Chiefs Mwanachingwala and Hanjalika, have been severely hit by floods that have caused havoc on crops, livestock and left scores of families homeless.
Government through the office of the Vice president has responded quickly and dispatched tents, Mealie meal, Beans and Kapenta in all the centres opened to provide temporal accommodation to victims.
Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice president, Friday Malwa physically donated the food stuffs to the victims two weeks ago.