Six families in Lusaka’s Villa Elizabetha residential area are now homeless after
barriffs bailiffs ambushed them on Thursday the 3rd December, 2015 at an awkward hour; Reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
United Party for National Development (UPND) vice President for political affairs Canisius Banda who visited the six displaced families yesterday expressed sadness regarding the matter.
Dr. Banda said that it was disheartening seeing citizens living in anguish on their motherland. He therefore decided to take the affected families to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) which is the office of the Vice President to petition for refugee status on behalf of the six displaced families.
Dr. Banda commended the office of the vice president for receiving them well when they petitioned regarding the demolition of the houses.
He said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) National Coordinator Patrick Kangwa conducted himself in a manner expected of a public worker.
Dr. Banda noted that DMMU has assured safety of the affected persons and will provide tents for them as they find a lasting solution.
“He conducted himself in the manner expected of the public worker, he must be commended! So we have been told that yes! The matter is in court, but what is urgent now is that families are homeless, so we have been assured that they will erect tents as they find a lasting solution,” Dr. Banda said
And during a whistle-blowing visit by the UPND vice President for Political Affairs Dr. Canisius Banda, Mrs. Catherine Tembo whose husband retired without terminal benefits from Contract Haulage complained bitterly regarding the eviction and demolition of their residential houses.
She states that during the exercises colossal sums of money was lost, hence she demands for compensation from the barriffs and the person purported to have bought the houses.
“ anibwezale ndalama nifuna, nizifuna pilizi Mr. Tembo said”