Marketers of Limulunga district have blocked the Limulunga Town Council from spraying the market in a bid to prevent the spread of covid-19 a situation that has disappointed the stakeholders.
Confusion erupted in the market when crowds of marketers kept chanting angrily anti-spraying remarks to the sprayers and the council team claiming that the chemicals used to spray would infect them with Covid-19.
The council team had to engage the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the police to help calm the situation and urge the marketers to understand the importance of the exercise however but the efforts proved futile.
Market vice-chairperson Martin Mwenda, who tried to advocate for the spraying team, told ZANIS that misconceptions have raised fear among marketers.
“This is a vital exercise but people are afraid because of misunderstandings. The exercise has failed because of these beliefs. As market leadership we shall sensitize them to build confidence,” he said.
And Limulunga ward councillor Malale Waluka, who was harassed by marketers, expressed disappointment that marketers behaved the manner they did.
He said the response is sad because the market is a high risk factor in spreading Covid-19 as it is a meeting and exchanging site.
“They have refused entirely even after knowing that we have sprayed other places like the Kuta and the police. The chemicals are not being imported. We are using chlorine and we mixed the chemical while they are watching but the response is still negative,” said the councillor.
He has since urged the traders to work with the local authority to stop any further spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the BRE Ngambela, Manyando Mukela has implored residents to embrace the spraying exercise and adhere to the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health.
“We are aware that some people have questions and doubts about the motive of spraying our areas but this is a normal exercise taking place in other places.
“We appreciate the work that is taking place and the spraying conducted by the council to disinfect public places like hospitals, city centres hence when it takes place here, embrace it because Covid-19 is real,” the Ngambela appealed.
The Ngambela also disclosed that the Kuta has been observing strict guidelines to stop any infection.
Ignorance will kill my people!
They don’t have brain’s
Ba kamushi nabo
Zambia the real african state.
What more vaccine?
There was no enough sensitization in the area don’t blame them
Mwaba Kennedy it’s world wide. Conspiracy theories have gained traction everywhere
Kikozi kibutata kiziezi.
There is serious disinformation and misinformation going around here.
More so I wonder whether the planned vaccine program will work.
It’s tough convincing a grown up to inoculate. We take advantage of minors because they have no will of their own.
Yes some black people are purporting that SARS-CoV-2 only affects whites, an unproven myth.
“my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”.
1. No nigga is immune from the Corona Virus
2. Government got to do what Government got to do period.
Ha those lazy Lozis.
It’s lack of information that causes such negative reactions. Most people have been fed with wrong information and it’s what they have…. There’s need to do a proper sensitisation before carrying out such activities
The next theory disease is political party attribution.
It is understandable for people to react this way due to all the conspiracy theories. I believe as government our priority should be to educate and disseminate information to such areas. Otherwise we risk a situation whereby people will also refuse to take the vaccine. My brother and sisters especially those in diaspora, can you share experiences on how you think we should be dealing with such situations
This happens when people have been fed with wrong information about the activities and the pandemic. Sensitise the market community first
IT IS INDICATES THAT CITIZENS DON’T TRUST THE pf GOVERNMENT ANYMORE BECAUSE OF THE UNEXPLAINED GASSING AND THE ARREST OF UPND CADRES ON 23RD DEC 2020 WHEN THE PERSON WHO SHOT ONE OF THEM, JOSEPH KAUNDA, AND PROSECUTOR NSAMA CHIPYOKA, HAS TO DATE NOT BEEN FOUND. IF THE RATIO OF SHUSHUSHU TO CITIZENS IS 1 : 1, AND THERE ARE SHUSHUSHU CAMERAS FIXED ON MOST OF OUR ROADS, WHY SHOULD IT TAKE SO LONG TO FIND THIS MERCILESS MURDERER? THAT IS THE REASON WHY CITIZENS ARE LOSING TRUST IN THE pf GOVT.
You can disinfect all you want but if people are not adhering to guildlines like Lazy Lungu who is on another tour this weekend …you are fighting losing battle. I mean why should people believe covid exists when PF and Lungu are going about as if all is normal.
This is what happens when you dont take cleaning as a daily chore…I bet you that market has never been cleaned…no wonder people are wary.
The council should not treat Covid-19 like Cholera. They are two very different diseases.
Solution is in masking up properly and social distancing.
Mass sensitisation on the pandemic and it’s effects both on the life of the patients and the public need to be conducted. When people are aware they will not resist the fumigation
@independent thank you for your views. Taken on board.
Reminds me of when they sprayed Zika on everyone and blamed it on mosquitoes
I think it is too soon to be spraying chemicals as people think the gassers are back.
Until the gassers are brought to book, people will not trust anyone spraying chemicals.
It does not help that Lungu has kept mute on the gassers.
Some people view silence as complicity.
The age of conspiracy theories. The superstitions include 5G can spread Covid, The vaccines can spread covid, The Vaccines will alter your DNA so that 666 can be imprinted on your DNA and thus Satan will enter your body. Governments are taking advantage of the pandemic as a plan to inject microchip quantum?dot spy software and monitor people. Another conspiracy theory says that the vaccine will be used to establish a global surveillance network. Spraying chemicals in a Limulunga market will spread Covid. Advice: use your education to analyse the information you are receiving. Its very difficult to use education when you are half-educated. Therefore pursue more education so that you can differentiate between fact and fiction.
Educated guys who hale from baroste educate our brothers and sisters on how terrible the results could be as a result of their actions
Why cant they spray at night?
Kalombwana that will be worse because now they will be accused of being witches spreading covid 19.
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