United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema says president Micheal Sata should shoulder the blame for the death of the nine job seekers who died in Mpulungu.
Recently nine people died while dozens others are in a critical condition after a stampede related incident ensued while trying to get a job at Great Lakes Products in Mpulungu.
The incident occurred when over 5000 people gathered at Great Lakes Products (GLP) in Mpulungu when residents learnt that the owner of the fishing company, Sahran Salim was in town and would employ some casuals.
But addressing the press on Wednesday, Hichilema said the failure by President Sata and the PF government to provide decent employment caused the death of innocent job seekers.
Hichilema said that instead of honoring his promise of providing employment to the youth, President Sata has forgotten to deal with the plight of the youth.
“Mr Sata and his PF are responsible for the death of our people in Mpulungu. He is the one who caused our brothers and sisters in Mpulungu to die looking for jobs,” Hichilema said.
And Chimwemwe Simpito reports from Mpulungu that, during the funeral gathering at Muzabwela Football grounds in Mpulungu Wednesday, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAOG) pastor Tyson Daka appealed to government to quickly address the high unemployment levels in the country unlike the situation where women are dying on queues while looking for piece-work.
Pastor Daka said poverty was the major cause of the deaths and hence government should empower women throughout the country by heavily funding women projects
He said the company proprietor Salim Sahran should not be blamed because he was just offering charity work to the community.
And Northern Province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said he was saddened by the loss of the eight women and a child, saying that the incident was a sensitive matter needing special care.
Mwamba urged people not to incite the situation that might lead into disaster but be consoled by God.
Northern Province Minister who is also area Member of Parliament, Freedom Sikazwe said the loss was great that has left the government and the people of Mpulungu devastated.