Thursday, June 20, 2024

M’membe raise concerns about drugs shortages and condemns the detention of Dr. Chris Zumani Zimba


In the face of a dire health crisis marked by shortages of drugs and medical equipment in hospitals and clinics, concerns are mounting over the lack of urgency displayed by the UPND government in addressing this critical issue. The right to healthcare is a fundamental aspect of a decent standard of living, and governments, even those grappling with limited resources like ours, are obligated to allocate maximum available resources to ensure its realization.

The enjoyment of the right to an adequate standard of living necessitates equal and adequate access to healthcare services for all citizens. To achieve this, the government must acknowledge the persistent problems plaguing our healthcare system and display the necessary resolve to address them with the urgency they deserve. The current situation requires a departure from viewing healthcare as an industry, as it is not a commodity that should be commodified for profit. It is imperative that we reclaim ownership of our health and prioritize care over profit-driven motives. The lives of our citizens depend on it.

Dr. Fred M’membe, President of the Socialist Party Zambia, emphasized the need to address the crisis in the healthcare system. He stated, “We need to move away from the notion that our health is something to be insured by an ‘industry.’ The notion that it is any part of an industry is fundamentally wrong. Health is not a commodity. It cannot and ought not to be commodified. Our health should not be used for profit. We need to take back the ownership of our health. Let’s bring the care into ‘health care’ instead of giving it to an ‘industry.’ Our lives depend on it.”

As a socialist, Dr. M’membe questioned whether significant improvements in the healthcare system could occur without fundamental changes in the broader social order. He argued that the problems facing the healthcare system were deeply intertwined with the larger issues afflicting our society and could not be resolved in isolation. According to Dr. M’membe, “Our viewpoint, as socialists, questions whether major improvements in our health system can occur without fundamental changes in the broad social order. One thrust of the field — an assumption also accepted by many non-socialists — is that the problems of the health system reflect the problems of our larger society and cannot be separated from those problems.”

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised regarding the detainment without trial of Dr. Chris Zumani Zimba, former President Edgar Lungu’s Political Advisor. Dr. Zimba’s incarceration, which has persisted for over ten days, has drawn attention to the growing trend of employing state machinery, including the police and law enforcement agencies, to settle political scores. Dr M’membe, in support of Dr. Zimba, remarked, “Today, my team and I visited former President Edgar Lungu’s Political Advisor Dr. Chris Zumani Zimba, who has been in detention without trial for more than ten days now. We listened to his side of the story, and it is very sad. Politics should be fought with politics. Dr. Zimba has done nothing wrong, and it will be proved in court.”

Dr M’membe further criticized the current administration’s use of state resources and institutions to fight political battles, emphasizing that such practices would undermine the nation. He remarked, “What was opposed in the previous regime must be condemned under the current UPND government. This growing trend of using State Machinery by this government, the use of the Police and Law Enforcement agencies to fight their political battles with others will surely destroy our country. We can do better and deserve better. This is not the way to run a country and its people.”


  1. Membe thinks we can easily forget his ways…his tribal hate, and many other social misdemeanor associated with him. Socialism cannot work. Just forget about it. You used your post not to unite but divide.

  2. Comrade continue fighting for our people. Anyone who stand up against the persecution of opposition I will support. Hh is scared of you. Continue showing them. You are byfar the most intelligent politician in zambia

  3. Bally will go down in history as the most ruthless president Zambia has ever had. I will repeat what I have said in the past on this forum that by 2026, there will be no dissenting voice on the political podium for all the vocal voices will be silenced for fear of being locked up on tramped up charges. The high gear will be engaged come 2025 and everyone will scamper. The BMW has the support of AFRICOM, the American military wing stationed in Lusaka against our wish.

  4. Very disappointed with this man’s wrong temperament where he tried hard to intimidate a Diamond TV interviewer on a live Diamond TV interview last night. I don’t like Leaders who are full of themselves, he wanted to dominate the interview with long winding hollow responses and resisting follow up questions. Very unpresidential trait

  5. Thanks UPND, things are happening but will take time to get better. More budget to CDF than more budget to tear gas – big differentiator

  6. Look at the price of mealie meal,the price is very high for a poor zambian,electricity connection fee very high(from k1700 to k7000) ,tol gates fees very high, fuel price very high( upnd found fuel at k13 per litre now per litre it’s more than k26) , there are no medicine in hospitals and clinics, cost of living is very high ,most zambians are failing to eat three meals per day, cdf very big but people can’t see developmental projects like in past regimes. i feel pit for my party upnd.

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