MMD President Nevers Mumba has demanded for the immediate arrest of the Mindolo Councilor who authorised the construction of houses in Mindolo North which have since been demolished leaving over 1,000 people homeless.
Dr Mumba has also demanded that the area MP and the Kitwe Town Clerk be fired for causing the untold misery that has befallen the affected residents whose houses were demolished.
Speaking when he went to offer solidarity to families affected by the demolition exercise, the MMD leader said the councilor who sold plots to the unsuspecting members of the public together with his MP should be arrested with immediate effect.
Dr Mumba who spoke to the residents in Bemba said the Councilor only identified as Mwape who is said to have allocated the plots should be arrested.
The MMD leader said the Government must find alternative solutions than razing the houses.
He said the Town Clerk should be fired for releasing the machines which were used to demolish the houses.
“We now have refugees in our own country, it’s a disaster created by Government. This was unnecessary. The confusion and the pain and the furthering of poverty that has been brought by this act alone is going to affect thousands of lives not the 400 they are talking about, more than 1000 people are affected by this phenomenon,” Dr Mumba said.
He added, “It will take a long time to heal this wound that PF has created. That is why we are demanding that immediately Government must provide water here, they must be a clinic to be set up here and we must make sure that the army brings tents here because this is a disaster that has been created by this government.These are Zambians that voted for the PF and we must give them the amenities that are necessary immediately so that we save people from dying.”
And Dr Mumba has challenged the PF government to provide tents for the affected families who are now spending nights in the cold.
Dr. Mumba who also served as Vice President during the Levy Mwanawasa administration said that governments are voted into office to take care of people and not to destroy their lives.
He described the situation in Mindolo as a disaster which the government has created by itself hence the need to expeditiously move in and provide the necessary amenities to mitigate the suffering.
He further wondered how a caring government would do such a thing to its own people saying these people are living like refugees in their own country.
He advised the PF government to stop politicking and move on the ground to provide the much needed help such as the provision of water, blankets and a clinic for any outbreak of diseases that might occur.
The MMD leader later distributed blankets mainly targeting those with babies and young children.