STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We continue to mourn the death of two gallant members of Parliament, namely Rodgers Mwewa of Mwansabombwe constituency and Mwenya Munkonge of Lukashya constituency. No doubt the nation has been robbed of Members of Parliament who committed their lives to improve the welfare of their fellow citizens.
I have also sadly learnt of the death of two other members of staff from the National Assembly of Zambia. I offer my condolences to the families and pray God’s comfort in these trying times.
In view of the fact that the National Assembly of Zambia has recorded 4 deaths in a space of just two weeks coupled with the fact that 4 other members of Parliament are reported to be in isolation due to Covid 19 infection, it was wise to close the institution. This action was long overdue as evidenced by the extent to which the institution has been afflicted by the pandemic.
We call for the isolation and testing of all the MPs and staff in order to break and arrest the chains of transmissions, that may extend to their families and members of the general public.
Let me conclude by saying that in times like these, we require national unity and prayer as we heighten our public health awareness and other measures. I also call upon our citizens to take Covid seriously and observe prescribed public health measures and come forward for testing. Let’s stay safe to save lives.