VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says people ‘marooned’ at bus stations who went to attend a political rally in Kitwe may cause cholera there.
During the Vice-President’s Question Time in Parliament yesterday, Vice-President Wina amused members of parliament with her claims.
Serenje Central MMD member of parliament Maxwell Kabanda, in a question to the Vice-President, said there was: “a looming outbreak of cholera on the Copperbelt arising from the people that were ferried from various parts of the country to attend a rally.”
“These people, Your Honour, are stranded at the bus stations. What is your government doing to alleviate any possible outbreak of cholera in that area?” asked Kabanda.
There were three political rallies held in the Copperbelt Province last Saturday.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili had a rally at Changanamai ground while UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema addressed his at Nsansa ground in Kitwe’s Racecourse area.
Lusaka Province minister and Kabushi PF member of parliament Bowman Lusambo, alongside Kabwe Central PF member of parliament Tutwa Ngulube, also addressed a rally in Kabushi, Ndola.
It is, however, at Nsansa ground where thousands of people descended to attend Hichilema’s rally and stayed on even when it started raining.
“Mr Speaker, it is extremely unfortunate that people had to be ferried from other provinces and districts to beef up support for a political meeting of a certain political party. I was in Kitwe yesterday (Thursday) and I was informed that some of the people that had been transported to that rally are still marooned,” Vice-President Wina said, sending the House into a cacophony of jeers and cheers.
“So the supporters that came from these provinces are still in Kitwe, particularly at the bus stations. Mr Speaker, these are the people who may cause cholera in…” she said.
Speaker Dr Patrick Matibini intervened to restore order in the House.
When granted permission to finish her response, the Vice-President said: “I merely want to appeal to our leaders, especially members of parliament, to have a heart for the people.”
“We should not abuse our people for political expedience! We need to ensure that when we invite them to functions, we take care of them. I hope by the end of this day all the people who attended that rally will come back,” said Vice-President Wina.
Meanwhile, Bweengwa UPND member of parliament Michelo Kasauta asked the Vice-President whether she did not think that the “impeachment campaign” must begin now to impeach President Edgar Lungu for having unconstitutionally retained ministers in office when Parliament was dissolved in 2016.
In response, Vice-President Wina said: “I encourage the Honourable member to read the Constitution carefully. Bringing an impeachment motion on the basis of the ConCourt judgment will not result in any fruitful outcome. I thank you, sir.”