PeP President Sean Tembo has released a statement criticizing Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s handling of flood victims in Kamwala South. In the statement, Tembo accused Hichilema of taking selfies with flood victims and creating a public perception that he is addressing the problem, rather than actually taking action to help them.
“By now, those who have studied President Hakainde Hichilema know that when a national crisis arises, his approach is largely centered on creating a public perception that he is sorting out the problem, rather than actually sorting out the problem,” Tembo said.
Tembo went on to say that Hichilema’s government was supposed to evacuate all the affected people together with their personal belongings, and erect makeshift tents in a dry area where these people can live until their flooded houses are dry again. He claimed that Hichilema’s actions were only for show and that he had no intentions of actually helping the victims.
“All he could do was go assemble cameras to film these people who are in dire straits, and create an impression that he is doing something about their problems, then go back home and forget about them altogether. To make the selfies that he took more impactful, Hakainde made sure that he was accompanied by notable cronies such as the DMMU Coordinator and ZNS Commandant, so that the Zambian people can think he was there to help the flood victims, when in fact he was there merely to take selfies,” Tembo said.
Furthermore, Tembo accused Hichilema of ordering the detention of UPND Kamwala Ward Councilor Mainda Simataa after he led a group of flood victims to the DMMU headquarters to ask for assistance.
“The President was swift in sending police officers to detain UPND Councillor Mainda Simataa and record a warn and caution statement against him, as well as to tear-gas the flood victims who had assembled at DMMU headquarters asking for assistance. Hakainde’s wrath did not end there, as he instructed the UPND leadership to immediately suspend Councillor Mainda Simataa from the party,” Tembo said.
Tembo concluded by saying that if Hichilema’s government cannot assist flood victims in Kamwala South, which is a few kilometers from his residence, then the chances of him helping flood victims in far-flung areas are slim.
“The question is; if President Hakainde Hichilema’s Government is failing to assist flood victims just here in Kamwala South, barely 3 kilometers from Community House where he lives, then what are the chances that he can assist flood victims in far-flung areas of the country such as Mambwe District, Namwala, Shang’ombo etcetera? Indeed, I feel pity for those who still have hope that Mr. Hakainde Hichilema means well for this country,” Tembo said.