LUSAKA – 06/05/20
Stone throwing, machete wielding and catapult carrying Patriotic Front (PF) thugs this morning disrupted a United Party for National Development (UPND) COVID-19 donation in Lusaka’s Mandevu constituency as they stole the buckets and sanitizers from a taxi rank.
The PF thugs led by Commander Denga arrived in an unregistered V8 Landcruiser vehicle and ordered his youths to smash the distributing vehicle alleging that the vehicle had run over a pedestrian.
The cadres then forcefully grabbed the hygiene products which included buckets, liquid soap and hand sanitizers before driving off.
And UPND Mandevu constituency Chairperson Hendrix Njobvu expressed shock at the level of thuggery and criminality among PF cadres describing the attack as an act of criminality at a time when the country needs combined efforts in the fight against COVID 19.
“This attack has left us very disappointed especially that it targeted the fight against covid19. We were merely distributing what has been donated by our well-wishers. It is so shocking that we can be going through such kind of things in this time and era,” he said.
Mr Njobvu, who described the ordeal as traumatizing, stated that it was wrong for the PF to start politicizing the fight against COVID-19 as it cuts across the country’s political divide.
“It’s so pathetic and traumatizing. I didn’t expect this to be happening in our country today. What we were doing is a noble cause because everybody is affected one way or the other by this COVID-19. It’s not only the UPND, it is everybody in society that is affected. We are all Zambians before we affiliate or join political parties,” he said.
And speaking during the donation, Lusaka provincial deputy chairperson Grace Chivube wondered why the government was not distributing the donated items to needy communities in especially areas that have been identified as epicentres.
Ms Chivube further called for the depoliticising of the covid 19 fight adding that the UPND position and direction as provided by its leader Hakainde Hichilema was very clear.
The items were donated to Mandevu UPND for onward distribution to public places by a local resident and former Zambia Correctional Services Commissioner General, Percy Chato.
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United Party for National Development Chapter in South Africa today dished out several food parcels and money to Zambians struggling with the effect of lock down in South Africa.
Chapter secretary Dr.Munchindu said it was just impossible as a caring party not to do anything to help fellow compatriots who are really in very difficult situations. As a caring party, we had to step-in and do something because a lot of Zambian families need help. A lot of our Zambian people here are in the informal sector and they can’t do their work and businesses as they are not yet allowed to operate. It is difficult times for a lot of our people.
Mrs Sandra Mwaba, who is the Chair lady for the UPND Women’s Committee in South Africa further added that we have been able to reach over 20 families in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Limpopo and we are continuing with this social Covid 19 relief program till the lock down is completely lifted in SA. Those Zambians who are not in Gauteng, we could not hand over food parcels but we had to send them Shoprite vouchers so they can use them to get food for their families at shop rites in their respective cities and towns. . Mrs Mwaba further urged everyone not receiving help now to be patient as the number of people needing help is overwhelming but the UPND SA Chapter together with UPND Women’s committee will do whatever they can to help all Zambians regardless of political affiliations during this difficult time.
Fiston Nyambe, a Zambian social activist in South Africa who is involved in helping affected Zambian families in Johannesburg who need help, thanked the UPND in South Africa for taking care of so many families in this difficult times. The fact that UPND gave food and money to all Zambians without asking for party membership makes it really very humbling to all of us as Zambians in the diaspora, said Fiston Nyambe.
UPND in South Africa has vowed to continue to provide social relief to all Zambians.
2021 Lusaka Central Aspiring Parliamentary candidate Mulambo Haimbe says women in the communities need more support to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Haimbe said this after touring his constituency were he engaged leaders to find out areas needing help amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
“Together with other leaders we discussed what we need to breakdown the transmission of COVID-19 in our constituency so that together we mobilise and facilitate what is needed for our people to comply with measures as guided by WHO and our health experts.” said Mr Haimbe.
He discovered that with more support women can help communities comply with measures to prevent COVID-19 because they are custodians of families thereby serving as front liners.
Mr Haimbe says that he is assured that women once educated on COVID-19 and equipped with resources such as sanitisers and masks can help save their families from the deadly pandemic.
Mr Haimbe who was accompanied by Lubwa ward aspiring councillor Clement Milonga visited a freedom fighter who also serves as Chairlady of woodlands extension branch to provide guidance on the launch of a new branch in the ward.
He expressed happiness at the support he was receiving and the rapid growth of the Party in his constituency.
“We are united and working together with everyone to build a safe and health community as guided by our credible President Hakainde Hichilema.” said Mr Haimbe.
He thanked President Hichilema for taking the lead in showing unity in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and pledged to continue supporting the community through sensitisation and distribution of hygiene and sanitation products in his constituency.
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We urge the unpatriotic and uncaring PF government to start imitating other caring governments whose people have been affected badly by the effect of coronavirus to immediately start providing relief food to stressed vulnerable citizens on the verge of starvation during this period of restricted movement that Zambia is experiencing. Many of our people are now struggling for basic foods and we know the Disaster Management office under the office of the Vice President has enough money to provide food to the less privileged during this difficult time.
It is totally unacceptable and uncouth that the Disaster Management office only seems to be active during bye elections by providing bags of mealie meal and other food parcels whenever elections and political rallies are happening. In most times when there is actually no disaster. This is morally wrong and further illustrates the misplaced priorities of the PF government.
Their priority has always been to remain in power, by hook or by crook, instead of serving our Zambian people. This time around, our poor people need real help from their government. This is the time for the Zambian government to use the funds allocated to disaster management for a real disaster, as the coronavirus pandemic is a disaster to the country. Disaster Management fund is not for bye elections and should not be used as a PF tool to buy votes.
We therefore plead with the government and the Disaster Management office to immediately start doing what they are actually supposed to be doing in the compounds of Kalingalinga in Lusaka, Malota in Livingstone and Imwiko in Mongu and many others, by distributing food parcels to our starving people.
That job must already have started prior to the restricted movements being announced by the government. This would have ensured that the people have adequate food in their houses to enable them to endure this very trying period.
We call on all MPs to have a list of all indigent people from their constituencies and that the send it to the office of the Vice President, so that under the Disaster Management office they are provided with food parcels to last them to the end of these trying times.
The coronavirus becomes life threatening when people have other underlying health situations like hunger, compromised immunity and poor malnutrition and we urge the government to protect the lives of fellow Zambians by acting in the interest of Zambians especially the underprivileged, who are most vulnerable before any further restricted actions are implemented to avoid people dying of starvation.
Issued by C. Nsama.
UPND SA Press Office.
Shalom Embassy Ministries overseer, Apostle Sunday Sinyangwe this morning u-turned on his earlier statement that UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema will never enter State House saying every man’s destiny lies in the hands of God.
In his Sunday homily, Apostle Sinyangwe said it was not for man to decide who gets to lead Zambia but for God, adding that Mr Hichilema’s destiny is in God’s hands
This was during a service attended by UPND national Youth Information and Publicity Secretary Samuel Ngwira among others who dispelled assertions that the UPND had declared war on the church and its leader.
The visit to the church, sent congregants into jubilation after learning of the presence of the UPND youth leadership while the church leadership went into a brief panic.
And in a prayer for the UPND team, Apostle Sinyangwe took time to admit that President Hichilema is destined to rule Zambia and that when the time comes, he would eventually ascend to the helm of the country’s leadership.
And speaking to congregants shortly before the main service, Mr Ngwira noted that the UPND had so much respect for the role the church plays in fostering peace, unity and love among the people of Zambia.
He said the church has a moral and prophetic responsibility to ensure that political players respected democracy and upheld human rights and freedoms.
He said the world was looking for a Church that would call wrong by its right name, adding that the UPND looked forward to a time when the body of Christ would stand boldly and condemn the intolerance and political tension that has left Zambia’s peace hanging in the balance.
Mr Ngwira has since called for co-existence, tolerance and utmost restraint among political players in the country.
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On this day of prayer, our heavenly father we call upon your holy name to prevail on the nation. Our God and father we know and acknowledge that as a Christian nation, you alone are our sanctuary. That on this day we submit the country of Zambia to you for abundant blessings.
Heavenly father we understand and acknowledge that indeed you have bestowed the leadership of earthly beings to man. Man has his own frailties and fallibilities. It is for this reason God that we call on you to provide the guidance to the men and women who are in charge of the affairs of the state to live by your calling. We therefore call upon you Lord to give the leadership wisdom that goes beyond their own understanding. We call on you Lord that you will give them the wisdom to resist the temptation to use their power for their own benefit but rather for the service to your people our God. Heavenly father we ask that you humble their hearts.
Heavenly father I pray for the people of Zambia. Father we may falter from time to time, but father we ask that as a nation collective you give us the wisdom to discern good from evil. Give us the courage Lord to call evil by its name and make a commitment to address it. May you fill the nation with peace, love and harmony, may you deliver us from the clutches of hate that threaten the unity of your people and the motherland Zambia. Father we ask that as a people you give us leadership that will deliver this country closer to you. A leadership that will ease confusion. A leadership that will commit to address and heal delusion. Father we ask for a leadership that will expose illusion that takes advantage of your children. Father we submit to glory and your honour.
Father God as you guided us in 1 Timothy 1:1-3 and you said “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness; This is good, and pleases God our Saviour,”
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray for the healing of the nation.
The Kaoma win is dedicated to one Mr L Banda. A wound on one affects us all. We will stand strong. RIP Comrade Banda