The opposition UPND has demanded that Government cancels all public activities including next week’s Independence Day celebrations due to the outbreak of Cholera.
UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma challenged the Ministry of Health to with immediate effect cancel independence day celebrations in Lusaka in order to prevent the spread of the reported cholera.
On Friday, the UPND cancelled its planned public rally which was set for Sunday in Kanyama, one of the Cholera hit area.
“We would like to once again state that the Patriotic Front party and its government are very uncoordinated and have continued abusing the Public Order Act. We challenge the Ministry of Health to with immediate effect also cancel independence day celebrations in Lusaka in order to prevent the spread of the reported cholera,” Mr Kakoma said.
“In any case, we wonder why the same institutions did allow people to gather in large numbers at show grounds in Lusaka and ferried some people from cholera affected Lusaka to Copperbelt just on Wednesday to pray for Mr. Edgar Lungu. Clearly, this is an abuse of the Public Order Act and the Health Act,” Mr Kakoma said.
“If the PF through the two ministries will not cancel independence day celebrations and any other public gatherings, Zambians must know that the PF has not reflected and confessed their evil activities.”
“How can you allow people from all walks of life to gather and shake hands in prayer when on the other hand you are saying UPND should not meet because there is cholera? That is hypocrisy.,” he charged.
“As a party, we have always known the PF as one organisation which fully believes in killing democracy. We believe that the PF schemed the cancellation of our rally. How else would someone explain the happenings in the last few days. First police took their time “studying “the party’s notice to hold a rally and only approved it yesterday,” Mr Kakoma said.
“In the morning today, Vice-president Inonge Wina announced in Parliament that government had banned public gatherings in Lusaka. We wonder whether this includes independence day celebrations. The Ministry of Health then wakes up this afternoon to postpone the UPND rally. Meanwhile, preparations for Independence day celebrations have been intensified in Lusaka and yet markets in Kanyama, including Soweto, are still a hive of activity as if there is no cholera. In view of that, we demand that the Independence celebrations in Lusaka should be cancelled,” Mr Kakoma stated.
The UPND Spokesman said the country will now wait to see if they will allow the independence day celebrations to go on in Lusaka and kill more people because there is no guarantee that cholera will in 4 days time before independence day celebrations come to an end.
“The Police earlier today said our planned rally has not been cancelled but this evening the Ministry of health delivers a letter to our party Secretary General, Mr. Stephen Katuka, that our rally has been cancelled. This kind of planned confusion is uncalled for. Therefore, we would like to advise government institutions such as the Police and ministry of health to exercise professionalism and avoid issuing very uncoordinated statements such as they have done on our party’s planned Kanyama rally,” he said.