Power and Politics

Asking people to return to villages to check cholera spread insensitive, sign of failed leadership —Mwenda


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has alleged that the Hakainde Hichilema government is completely disconnected from the reality on the ground and that he he lacked a viable plan to resolve the cholera crisis in Zambia.

EFF Party president, Kasonde Mwenda, said Hichilema’s recent comments urging people to move to villages and rural areas as a solution to the outbreak were not only retrogressive but also failed to address the current crises.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, Mwenda stated that the President’s refusal to take responsibility for the lack of adequate preparation and response was deeply concerning.

He stated that instead of acknowledging the shortcomings of his administration, he was blaming the citizens for poor sanitation.

“This demonstrates a blatant disregard for the government’s responsibility to ensure adequate water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as public sensitization,” Mwenda said.

Mwenda noted that in times of extraordinary challenges, true leaders rise up and demonstrate their ability and acumen to serve their citizens.

He alleged that Hichilema was unfortunately shunning his responsibility as the leader of the nation and failing to fulfill the basic duty of providing essential services to the Zambian people.

“This is yet another example of his failed leadership and a clear indication of his incapacity to effectively govern,” the EFF leader said.

Mwenda urged the President to immediately acknowledge the gravity of the cholera crisis and take decisive action to address the underlying issues.

He argued that it was the duty of the government to allocate resources, implement practical solutions and prioritize the health and well-being of the population.

Read More: Cholera Epidemic: What we know so far

“Blaming the citizens for their living conditions is not only insensitive but also demonstrates a lack of leadership and empathy,” Mwenda said.

The EFF leader called on the President to reassess his priorities, work with relevant stakeholders and allocate the necessary resources to combat the outbreak effectively.

He advised the government to take immediate steps to improve sanitation, provide clean water to communities and educate the population on preventive measures.

“These actions are essential in curbing the spread of cholera and protecting the lives of innocent Zambians,” Mwenda said.

Mwenda stated that citizens deserved leadership that takes responsibility and provides effective solutions, rather than shifting blame and failing to meet their basic needs.

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