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Socialist Party President Fred Mmembe Criticizes Government Response to El Niño Warnings

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Fred M’membe, President of the Socialist Party, has voiced criticism against the UPND government’s handling of the recent declaration of a national disaster due to a prolonged dry spell. In response to President Hakainde Hichilema’s declaration, M’membe pointed out that information regarding the El Niño phenomenon and the subsequent drought was available as early as last year.

Highlighting a statement made in mid-October 2023 regarding El Niño, M’membe questioned why the government failed to heed this information, especially when the warm phase of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was expected to peak in November-January 2024. He accused the government of neglecting the warnings and focusing instead on selling maize and mealie-meal.

President Hichilema, invoking the Disaster Management Act No. 13 of 2010, declared the prolonged dry spell a national disaster and emergency. He directed all disaster and emergency departments to respond urgently and unitedly to the crisis. In response to this directive, several short-term mitigation measures were outlined including channeling resources towards humanitarian relief, working with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to provide maize to affected communities, and preventing bush burning.

Additionally, government will source additional maize and food to mitigate shortages, expanding irrigation schemes with the assistance of Zambia’s defence forces, and promoting early planting and winter maize cultivation through irrigation methods. Government also proposed supporting the importation of additional electricity, rationing energy use, and promoting alternative energy sources where feasible.

President Hichilema emphasized that these interventions are essential short-term measures to alleviate the immediate impacts of the drought and ensure that affected citizens do not suffer from hunger or other related hardships.

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  1. ”Additionally, government will source additional maize and food to mitigate shortages”end of quote.But the minster of agriculture was boasting last year saying zambia has enough stocks to last for another 4 years.What is it that we are seeing now,was the minster in order to make such a pronuncement Madam speaker and i beg to move.

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  2. AWE BA MEEMBE UMUNGULU WACHILAMO. BY THE WAY DO SOCIALISTS BELIEVE IN JESUS OR MOHAMMED. DO THEY EITHER CALL THEIR DEITY AS JEHOVAH OR ALLAH ? If NOT WHO THEIR PROPHET AND WHAT IS THE NAME OF THEIR DEITY ? CHRISTIANS AND MOSLEMS BELIEVE THAT ”GOD’S PLANS AND DIFFERENT FROM MAN’S” BUT MEEMBE WANTS TO POLITICIZED NATURAL ISSUES WHICH ARE OF GOG’S PLAN

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  3. ”Highlighting a statement made in mid-October 2023 regarding El Niño, M’membe questioned why the government failed to heed this information, especially when the warm phase of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was expected to peak in November-January 2024. He accused the government of neglecting the warnings and focusing instead on selling maize and mealie-meal”, end of qoute.So why now are being told this if the govt was warned about the coming of this EL Nino?Is this negligence or not beeing serious to climate change.Were is the minister of Green economy Mr Nzowa,this your field.

  4. ”Highlighting a statement made in mid-October 2023 regarding El Niño, M’membe questioned why the government failed to heed this information, especially when the warm phase of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was expected to peak in November-January 2024. He accused the government of neglecting the warnings and focusing instead on selling maize and mealie-meal”, end of qoute.So why now are being told this if the govt was warned about the coming of this EL Nino?Is this negligence or not beeing serious to climate change.Were is the minister of Green economy Mr Nzowa,this is your field.

    • Ayatollah.What do know about Masons.Most masons where secret Night Templers sworn to protect the Christian heritage….And they are most helpful realists in the world.Very much like our own Vinyau in our culture

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  5. Mr Fred Mmembe sir don’t forget you’re in opposition…remember the Supreme leader Almighty Ayatollah Hakainde Hichilema had all the Solutions….remember HH was ” Mr Know it all” whilst in opposition….but now that he is in office his head has become empty…dunderhead…just like you Mr Fred Mmembe talk is cheap badaala

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  6. ”Highlighting a statement made in mid-October 2023 regarding El Niño, M’membe questioned why the government failed to heed this information, especially when the warm phase of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was expected to peak in November-January 2024. He accused the government of neglecting the warnings and focusing instead on selling maize and mealie-meal”, end of qoute.So why now are we being told this if the govt was warned about the coming of this EL Nino?Is this negligence or not beeing serious to climate change.Were is the minister of Green economy Mr Nzowa,this is your field.

  7. Before any thing happen first God will warn you and then it will occur so in this case we were warned that EL Nino will come and no one paid attention to it so here we are now kaili tatumfwa bachumbu munshololwa.

  8. There’s nothing an African country south of the Sahara can do about the EN apart from waiting for handouts. What do you prepare? You have no infrastructure to replace natural rains in place….so what does Fred expect? He expected HH to do what we see in films like shoot something in the skies and rain starts?
    Only one mistake…. they should not have tampered with the reserves especially that we depend on the unpredictable weather for our agriculture.
    But otherwise let’s just hope that the surving crops will suffice.

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    • SOON, or later , zambia shall be different from that African country you came from. jealous aside ,our republican president is visionary and practical with a high index of transforming the socio=economic status of this nation. But the economic saboteurs , tax diviators, including their relatives and friends cant this because their evil practices are apparently halted and all the potholes sealed and can’t access the selfishly needed resources , hence their bitterness and blunt minds and eyes

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  9. A good leader must be proactive instead of being reactive. If Mmembe warned, his warning should have been heeded and incorporated in the planning by the GRZ, instead of them reacting when it is already too late. Mmembe did his part as an opposition leader to alert the Governors. There is nothing wrong in him reminding them of their failure to heed his warning. I am sure next time they will heed. That is the spirit of opposition leadership.

  10. Ba headman advisor ….please think again… this is not time to play games people will starve unless we move fast

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    • Concerned citizens are are moving quickly in pursuit of solutions to mitigate tthe anticipated starvation, bu you are busy opposing others efforts instead of joining in the process , oh pop pup pep in opposition

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  11. You know the worst thing about opposition politicians in like Fred M’membe and the others? It is how happy they are when a calamity hit the country.
    Instead of being supportive they see it as an opportunity to be nasty and dramatic.
    It is not only M’membe but also Sean (0%) Tembo, writing articles of utter nonsense.
    These people are not patriotic Zambian’s but political scavengers and bottom feeders.

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    • I don’t like Mmembe but what he’s saying is what it should be but the question is whether it’s really coming from his heart or he’s looking at the ballot box. It’s wrong for you to make a sweeping statement that whoever criticizes government is opposition. I criticize government and I don’t belong to any political party and neither do I support any. Opposition parties’ aim is to see government fail… even the USA included even HH was always happy to see the PF fail. Just like football you rejoice when your opponent shoots over the bar.. get some points from the criticism they could be valuable instead of being on the defensive all the time

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