HH visits Cholera centers, blames PF government for Cholera crisis

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Mr Hichilema and top UPND officials receiving a brief from a Ministry of Health official during the tour of the Cholera centers.
Mr Hichilema and top UPND officials receiving a brief from a Ministry of Health official during the tour of the Cholera centers.

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has blamed the PF government for the Cholera outbreak that has since claimed 58 lives.

Mr Hichilema who visited some Cholera centers on Sunday said had those claiming leadership of our country taken heed to our advice on the need for quality public health care, Zambia was not going to be needlessly losing lives today.

He said Cholera is a preventable disease and that everybody all saw it coming, but there was no political will to tackle the outbreak quickly.

Mr Hichilema said the UPND is certain that funds meant for public health were made available much earlier in 2017 but due to corruption, funds were misappropriated and misapplied to areas not in the interest of citizens.

“When in government, we will listen more to our people and act in their best interest while fighting corruption using our zero-tolerance to corruption policy,” Mr Hichilema said.

He added, “Quality public health will be one of our pillars in ensuring a healthy and productive population. Only then will we be able to walk with our heads up that we are moving Zambia forward.”

Mr Hichilema was in the company ofparty Vice President, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, National Chairperson, Mrs Mutale Nalumango, party Deputy Secretary General, Patrick Mucheleka, party Chairperson for Mobilisation, Ms Sylvia Masebo and other party officials.

“We saw patients and their relatives whom we wished quick recoveries and encouraged to remain hopeful of better tomorrow. At the same time we appreciated the health personnel who are working round the clock at the frontline of combatting the disease,” Mr Hichilema said.

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71 COMMENTS

  1. May we speedily work on limiting number of times one should appear on a ballot paper. It is good for the country and good for our democracy.

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    • This is why I call HH Human Hyena because the lowlife would rather see the nation fall into ruins so he can gloat with happiness and pick up the remains like a flithy hyena that he is! The cretin rarely puts govt to task through his MPs in Parliament, rather he encourages them to boycott, who is going to put a govt to account when you have an oppossition that deliberately watches a govt to score its own goals at the expense of suffering of the masses just so you can form govt??? When this man becomes President which he will I foresee even worse problems.

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    • Most importantly did he make any donations towards treatment of patients or prevention of spread, if not then am afraid this man would be a very dangerous man to let lead this country. A few days ago he was saying that the cholera situation should not be politicized and yet he doing exactly the opposite of what he was saying.

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    • What do people wan from HH, if he stays at home and obeys govt orders to avoid visiting Cholera areas,it is a problem, if he goes to see what is going on it is a problem. HH is right, why don’t people in Kanyama have piped water. It is the PF govt to provide safe water and proper sanitation, period! It is not an issue of HH donating this and that because he is rich.

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    • It’s unfair and unfortunate to blame others when you have a huge following in Lusaka who shot anywhere. Tongas are well known to be primitive and they don’t know toilets as much as the rest of Zambian. They are a lot of them in Lusaka talk to them and Lusaka Will have no cholera.

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    • Just last week he was faking PATRIOTISM and advised against politicizing the cholera issue!! Lungu has so many weaknesses but this 5 time loser is worse. He is a fraud, fake politician

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    • PF are hungry hyenas, mindful of only two things: eating and cheating. They lack political will to tackle the problems facing the country, much less, Zambia’s developmental issues. What a price we are being made to pay for keeping them in office! What a liability they have become to each and every single one of us. Poverty, hunger, and now cholera – how laughable that these are the monumental challenges facing us as a country! It’s not what we are hearing from countries around us, from our neighbors.

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  2. So risky, what if the all the team got sick.
    But anyway even Jesus touched the sick and dead. And those care givers are not afraid.
    Keep the flame burning.

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  3. HH is only about 1/2 right on this but major problems require objective analysis with depoliticized solutions. Brutal scientific facts won’t respect your PF vs UPND thingy.

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    • Each time there is a crisis the first thing that comes to HHs mind is “What can I gain from this?” These are traits of an opportunist.

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  4. Is this man normal upstairs? How can he politicise an issue as serious as cholera? No wonder he can’t and will never rule Zambia.

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    • Cholera is indeed a serious issue, it’s just politically right for him issue this statement because it is affecting the social aspects of masses.

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    • Last year, Lungu promised 500,000 jobs. If 500,000 jobs were created, they wouldn’t require to do street vending, they wouldn’t live in Kombonis

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  5. Of course there is every reason to blame pf. It starts from sata, allowing the whole country to be a market. Lungu and pf later saw nothing wrong. Toilets water, the pf never bothered. What they cared for was vote. Add to this, pf decree that cadres takeover collection of market and bus station levies. Anyone who cared to point out this wrong was ribbished, ati boma ni boma. As for hh he was called bitter, loser, tribalist. Foolishness to expect hh not to remind u of ur shortsightedness. When u have chance to be in power do the right thing, not for urself but the public for tomoro ur policies or actions may haunt u.

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    • How about that Bishop who’s challenged the ban on gatherings? Of course you’ll support him because each chorela death is a vote gained for HH.

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    • @Mukuma, did your HH see anything wrong with turning the whole country into a market when he was campaigning? He is on record advocating that Street should be on left alone.

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  6. HH is extremely right on this score. Lusaka recorded 4 serious cases of cholera in October. It was reported both in the private and public media but the government did nothing. 2 months down the line numbers have risen from 4 to about 60. Prevention is always better than reactive response and for their negligence and lack of proactiveness schools will not be opening in the next foreseeable future. Churches will be closed as well as markets. Before we realize it companies and offices will be closed until the situation returns to normal. Believe it we are not close to containing the problem as can be seen from the rising cases not only in lsk but other towns as well. HH is right Govt is to blame

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    • Don’t just blame offer solution because people who are dying are not PF ,MMD UPND so the best is to offer solution

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  7. You made your cholera bed ba PF now lie in it you misguided tumbocrats.Winning elections should NEVER have been put before public health interests.

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  8. At what point exactly are you blaming govt. There are two things involved here.
    1. Personal hygiene
    2. Public health

    If personal hygiene is good then public health automatically succeeds. If you are blaming pf govt for failing to wash food and hands before eating then I can support you. Equally if pf govt officials are not washing hands of citizens after using the toilets and giving them to drink untreated water I will support you on this one under5.
    Tell us at which stage has govt allowed kokela to take root. Merely screaming corruption is not going to help matters because everyone now understand your chorus. It’s a false allegation. If we say kokela is as a result of tongas bringing sick cows to lsk are you going to accept it.

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    • Totally *****ic argument.Public laws are enforced for a reason … bcuz not everyone is gonna obey them.

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  9. A HYENA WILL ALWAYS BE A HYENA… ITS NOT TIME TO PLAY POLITICS… THIS MAN HAS A VERY SICK MIND…

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  10. Surely HH knows that this thing called chorela has been with us since the Unip days and is mainly to do with the unserviced settlements in our towns. Much as the government….all governments i.e. Unip MMD and PF must shoulder the blame, the residents are equally to blame. In 1992 the chorela out break in Kitwe killed more than 250 people but since that time incidents of chorela have been far between and with few people affected. Reasons are that people in Kitwe have taken the issue of sanitation and sewer disposal very seriously.

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  11. HH is worse than cholera itself in our lives!!!Instead of donating to cholera patients,this fo0l called HH could only play politics are usual.anyway,2021 is very far and there will be no deadly cholera by then.HH is a greedy creature.Trade Kings donated k2 million to fight cholera,but this fo0l who claim to be rich cant even donate a case of mineral water worth k24 kwacha or tissues THEN HE WANTS ZAMBIANS TO VOTE FOR HIM-MY FOOT!!
    Keep on dreaming Kainde and hope ICC will soon hear your petition as you promised your fellow tongas in 2016!!
    NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST MOTHER ZAMBIA SHALL PROSPER,SO THIS CHOLERA WILL BE DEFEATED BY GOD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO SHAME THE DEVIL’S ANGELS SUCH AS HH!!!
    Come 2021 ni PF nafuti nafuti!!

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  12. Don’t worry Haivotela Humwine. Our well able, hard working PF government will deal with this Cholera pandemic without any hitches and expeditiously. Zambia is blessed to have ECL at the helm. Other countries throughout Africa envy us. Let all Patriotic Zambians support government plans, pursuits and purposes.

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  13. Actually Kanyama and city market is harnessing Cholera because of the many Tongas that come and live there bringing a lot of contaminated cows and pigs there from Monze and Maamba on those tuma Rosa. For once let these people change their unhygiene practices for the sake of mother Zambia. Let them be blocked from coming to Lusaka.

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    • Can you keep quiet. Stop talking or posting triable remarks . It is the reason why u fail to work for people who voted for you to be in office but thinking of what Tonga’s are doing. Shame on you. Think and look around . Be a hard worker then only you Will stop being triablelists or you die of Cholera because You lazy. Natolafie chobe.

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  14. HH everything in life does not have to revolve aroubd cheap politicking.

    You should have put on your gum boots and helped with the clean up. You should have brought a few symbolic gifts to the funeral houses. You should have gone door to door sensitising thecommunity on hygiene.

    Then the masses would treat you as one of their own

    Like this it makes it look like you dont really care about human suffering, you came to try and get cheap political mileage

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  15. Reasons to blame PF is:
    1. it is proven that poverty is one of the causes of cholera.
    2. poverty is mostly accompanied by dirtiness.
    3. dirtiness results into cholera.
    Reason we have no cholera cases from Kabulonga but plenty in Kanyama is because of very different standards of life.

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    • According to you if during unip and mmd days we used to have cholera, then pf should follow suit as well? I thought people vote for change and if pf can’t do nothing about cholera then what was the change for, to keep comparing yourselves to unip and mmd?

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    • @divided….this has nothing to do with politics….if you have no solution apart from parroting your tin go HH it’s better to keep quiet. Tell us what you can do. Me I will tell you what I would do…demolish all the overcrowded residential areas, either redesign them or send their occupants to their original homes….but it’s impractical and inhuman.

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  16. If president Lungu can cancel 10 unnecessary trips this year, the government will save enough money to provide clean toilets, clean water, collect gabbage and provide information to the people. When people are saying staay home you better listen but because the president spent the all of last year flying all over the world, he was ignorant of health concerns that could have spared lives that we have lost. Please stay home and clean the cities.

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    • Please also consider the millions of dollars that ECL trips have raked into our economy in form of current and potential FDI. Do a cost/benefit analysis and also consider other intrinsic and latent benefits such as the goodwill and international foreign relations standing and image that Zambia has now because the ECL’s trips compared to Sata’s. After such reflections you will appreciate ECL!!!

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  17. I thought your visit will make a difference, it hasn’t you have blamed PF ,after blaming them what solution have you offered a good criticise offers solution to his critics it was good has not to visit the place because you have offered nothing, well wishers like trade kings have donated dropping bin that is solution, you claim saying you have money, am educated,yet you have failed to offer a bin,you have failed to offer a word of advice,my question is what kind of opposition are you

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    • Yes let him solve the problem instead of playing the blame game. He said no politicking…..

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  18. IWE HUNGRY HYENA CHINYO CHANOKO CHOLERA HAS BEEN THERE EVEN BEFORE YOU WERE BORN DUE TO THOSE DIRTY TONGAS LIVING IN UNPLANNED SETTLEMENTS SORROUNDING LUSAKA CITY,.

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    • #250+ people died in Kitwe alone in 1992 please get the correct stats. HH would have loved government not deploy the army so that the problem can become bigger.

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  19. During the fight against Unip we had a slogan ” Unip fiko, ifiko ni korela” . Sata had a similar slogan. Up to today cholera is still our annual friend. How do we cut this friendship? Is it by politicking or by education? The latter is the only way.. households must be the starting point. There areas where people use shake shake packets as toilet and dispose these packets at night. What do you think will be the result of such behaviour?

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    • Forgetting FTJ even had a minister for street vendors and a desk at state house? Maybe you’re born recently.

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  20. Indeed it the PF Government to blame, they promised there pipo to have good roads, good water sanitation, good health but what have they done! Nothing instead they are providing poor sanitation and health.
    Zambia needs a better change, we can’t take this anymore.
    HH is right because of corruption all the fund’s which were supposed to prevent cholera PF carder’s shared, and now you want HH to donate for what reasons? Just because he’s rich?
    Its PF government which will be dealt with!

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  21. When HH cannot listen to the people around him now, what about when he shall have PRESIDENTIAL powers? The opposition is not primarily there to demonize the ruling party but to offer checks and balances. what is there now is only blame game.

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  22. Fundamental Soul Searching :

    If after more than 50 years of self government, Zambians cannot even maintain hygiene, was Independence from Britain a mistake ?

    Wikipedia states that cholera was “eliminated” in the USA by 1800. Only 6 or so cases are reported annually, and those are usually from American tourists going abroad.

    So we are 220 years behind in himan civilisation ?

    Britain would have never allowed this type of lawlessness. Build where you want, defecate everywhere !!

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  23. I agree with those who are saying that the cholera problem should be above politics. Yes we had cholera right from unip days. Please let’s take a tour of our southern neighboring countries including Zimbabwe which is in a very difficult economic situation. One thing we will notice is that cleanliness is very much uphelp. To be clean does not necessary mean having too much money. But how we treat the place around us. How we avoid littering. I know there are some people who will feel offended but the truth is we are a dirty nation. Sometime I don’t feel like escorting my wife to the market here in Livingstone. The mountains of rubbish, the dirty water flowing, the green flies etc. No one cares, no one worries, no one complains. What kind of a nation that accepts to live in a filthy places…

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    • Yes we’re very dirty and abused politics to our advantage. …dirty markets can’t be cleaned because if you do you’ll lose your vote. Am glad the army has taken over Chisokone in Kitwe. ..”thanks ” to cholera. Marketeers have not even resisted.

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  24. The PRESIDENT LOOKS COMPOSED AND FAT ASS LOOKS RELAXED, THESE ARE MEN I WISH THEY FORM GOVERNMENT QUICKLY. LONG LIVE HH and GBM we need u guys in 2021

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  25. Yes, Cholera is preventable.
    Let us put in place Proactive and Reactive measures to stop recurrence of Cholera in Zambia in general and Lusaka in particular.

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    • I’m sure he’s praying that this cholera prolongs and kills more defenseless people because this will give him more votes.

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  26. Indeed HH is an id10t. Country men in case u don’t know Hyena Hyena is behind this cholera. His team of satahist have originated this to get more blood. HH is happy that his blood powers are working. We are praying hard hh

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  27. We are allergic to accountability pa Zambia.. You all belive this Cholera outbreak is “normal” and could not have been avoided? If you do then theres a mangishi cut and a fuse blown upstairs… I wont name names but we all know who let vendors come onto the streets in their thousands..where do you think they answer the call of nature? where do you think that river of filth flows when the rains come? Lets deal with the crisis but lets remember that it could have been avoided..maybe then we can start to skip some annual cholera ceremonies, when people know that someone is responsible.

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  28. ANYWAY FORGIVE FOR HH HE KNOWS NOT WHAT HE TALKING ABOUT! SURELY EVEN IF ONE IS SO DULL CAN HE BLAME PF FOR CHORELA OUT-BREAK! HE CAN PRETEND BECAUSE HE STOLE PRIVATIZATION MONEY AND WENT TO LIVE COMFORTABLY IN SOUTH AFRICA! KAUNDA SHOULD HAVE ENSURED GOOD COUNTRY PLANNING WHEN HE WAS IN POWER, HE DIDNT DO THAT! CHILUBA RULED FOR TEN YEARS, HE DIDNT GIVE IT A DAMN, INCLUDING HIS SUCCESSORS! SO HOW HAS PF CAUSED THE CHORELA PROBLEM? HAS THIS BAD SANITATION STARTED TODAY? IS HEALTH THE ONLY ISSUE IN SANITATION? AND THIS IS THE DULL GUY (HH) WHO THINKS HE CAN RULE A COUNTRY. HOW IS SANITATION GOING TO BE IMPROVED WHEN HH IS AVOIDING PAYING TAXES IN THIS COUNTRY? WHY IS HE EVEN PRETENDING TO SYMPATHIZE WITH THE POOR AND SICK WHOM HE HAS DENIED ACCESS TO HIS CONTRIBUTION TO TAX IN ZAMBIA BY…

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  29. IN bemba they say kolye ni kolye nangu afwala suit akalaba akafumwa umuchila thats HH for you ,Just two days back he said no one should be bleamed but today wat is he saying hh cheap politician always forgetifull of wat he said yesterday,thats why you are called u5

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  30. am consoled with the fact u5 will never spend a night at state . house

    let him stand as counsellor in baulen and see if he can win.

    u5 is leader of a tribe not zambia

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  31. tommorrow you will hear in surpot of street venders

    he is childish
    tribal
    crooked
    misser
    self centred
    hateful

    he goes to polls with 3provinces out of 10

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  32. I am happy to hear President HH mention something about fighting corruption. Corruption is the real issue to tackle in as far as I am concerned. It is corruption that is at the helm of Zambia’s poverty. It is misappropriation of funds that is causing all sorts of problems in the country today.
    I am aware that a number of commentators on this issue are on the side of not politicizing the issue. I don’t know any serious and well meaning politician would fail to politicize such an issue. Everyone aspiring to lead his country and has an agenda would jump at the opportunity. Politics my friends and fellow citizens is about seeing the mistakes of the other leader and offering yourself as a better alternative. What I am telling you is that I don’t see anything wrong with Hakainde saying he…

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