UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s recent utterances alleging that Government is not concerned about the plight of vendors who have been displaced by a clean-up exercise are meant to portray himself as a ‘Messiah’ when in fact he is not.
Hichilema, who was speaking at a media briefing, urged Government to compensate the vendors for the loss of business and destruction of their make-shift stalls during the clean-up exercise, and find alternative trading places for them to continue earning a living.
He also blamed Government for the Cholera outbreak alleging that Government ignored his advice to deal with the epidemic.
However, Hichilema, as usual, often takes advantage of any situation such as cholera to gain cheap political mileage, and campaign for presidency even when the 2021 elections is still a long way away.
Government recently assured vendors that the alternative trading places will be found for them, and that they will soon embark on re-constructing the modern city market that will accommodate more traders than before.
More so, President Edgar Lungu has demonstrated a political will in addressing many issues affecting the nation, including cholera.
Government is also tackling the issue of clean water supply and proper sanitation countrywide, including Lusaka’s Kanyama compound and other areas prone to the cholera outbreaks.
Zambian DNA advises Hichilema to appreciate efforts by Government in addressing many national issues such as cholera, and not play politics with people’s lives and serious national issues.
We are appealing to vendors and markeeters to ignore Hichilema’s utterances, and exercise patience as Government addresses their plight.