The Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has said that it is launching a formal complaint to the Medical Council of Zambia over the remarks made by UPND Vice President Dr. Canisius Banda so that he is made a accountable for the statement he issued at a press conference yesterday.
In a media statement in which the party addressed a number of issues, PF said that Doctors are bound to keep the confidentiality and details of any patient and that they will appeal to the Medical Council of Zambia to debar Dr. Banda for breach of these highly sacred medical ethics.
PF described the purported document UPND claims to have as not only a total fabrication concocted by people that known to celebrate illness and death, but also designed to cause scare and panic among Zambians.
Below is the full statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1ST JANUARY 2015
SUBJECT: UPND DEAD SCARED, MASEBO IS SUSPENDED, DESPERATE AND KNEW HER FATE
It is clear that it has dawned on the United Party for National Development (UPND) and its leader Hakainde Hichilema that PF President Edgar Chagwa Lungu will win the forthcoming Presidential Elections.
The case in point is the party’s press conference recently addressed by its Vice-President Dr. Canisius Banda, which made incredible and preposterous false allegations regarding the forth-coming elections. Some of false allegations stated that:
- That Defence Force Chiefs are advising soldiers to vote for Hon. Edgar Lungu
- That foreign nationals from Congo and Rwanda have been unleashed on Southern Province to cause violence
- That the UPND has a medical report of Hon. Edgar Lungu that purport that he has kidney problems.
- That an electoral rigging scheme is underway
We wish to caution that the level of desperation demonstrated in their statement is dangerous, inflammatory, irresponsible, and defamatory and puts national security at stake.
It is regrettable that the UPND is now involving our Service Chiefs in partisan politics.
We demand that Mr. Hichilema apologizes to the Defence Forces for this irresponsible and careless statement.
We also demand that Mr. Hichilema should apologise to the Republic of Congo and to the Republic of Rwanda for his false insinuations of its nationals that might sour the harmonious relations that Zambia enjoys with these sister Republics.
On the alleged medical report circulating on social media for sometime now, it is now a proven and established fact that the said medical report is a total fabrication concocted by people that known to celebrate illness and death.
The criminal fabrication of this medical report was designed to cause scare and panic among Zambians.
However since Dr. Canisius Banda is a medical doctor by profession but has chosen to play dirty politics by issuing careless remarks, our lawyers are launching a formal complaint to the Medical Council of Zambia to hold him accountable for this statement. Doctors are bound to keep the confidentiality and details of any patient. We will appeal to the Medical Council of Zambia to debar Dr. Banda for breach of these highly sacred medical ethics.
Because the said Report is fake, and because Dr. Banda is a medical doctor, some gullible people might believe him his utterances. It is for this reason that the medical fraternity must punish Dr. Banda for his criminal conduct.
Regarding Sylvia Masebo’s utterances and endorsements, we wish to state that Masebo remains a suspended official from the Patriotic Front for her earlier acts of gross indiscipline.
Her actions are designed to pre-empt the disciplinary measures she is facing. It is for this reason that Zambians should not pay attention to such an official attempting to clean her misconduct by such an action. The Central Committee will seat, deal and resolve with her matter of indiscipline.
We therefore appeal to our supporters to remain steadfast and unshaken by these desperate antics by the UPND and its affiliates. They will become more and more desperate as we count down to January 20th 2015.
We wish to state that we have over 100 Members of Parliament from the PF, MMD and UPND campaigning in their constituencies for Hon. Edgar Lungu. We also have our party officials across the country who are also campaigning for Hon. Lungu.
Hon. Edgar Lungu is enjoying massive support across the country and public rallies he has held in Kitwe, Lusaka, Kasama, Mongu, Mpulungu, Mbala and Mungwi are a testimony to his popularity and show a very popular leader pulling crowds only comparable to President Michael Sata’s public rallies in 2011.
We should remember that Patriotic Front by its stronghold in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces, and by the support its enjoying countrywide because of its infrastructural development in roads, bridges, Hospitals, clinics, schools, colleges and Universities, will definitely sweep the election with a landslide.
HON. HARRY KALABA MP