President Edgar Lungu will today fly to Kitwe’s Mufumachani to visit residents whose houses were demolished by the Kitwe council following an order made by minister of local government Stephen Kampyongo.
This is how the PF works, create a problem deliberately, then move in to ‘correct’ it and line up hungry praise-singers to exalt outgoing president Edgar Lungu. Just watch DeadNBC tonight and see. Lungu will land in Kitwe at 14 hours, his pilots told the Watchdog.
After the council, which is wholly controlled by PF councilors demolished the houses in the middle of heavy rains, the residents vowed to vote out PF. This sent shivers in the entire government system as losing power is the only thing that can make PF move.
The first reaction came from Chishimba Kambwili who, as expected denied that the PF government ordered the demolition of houses.
Kambwili, who is also information minister instead, accused Kitwe City Council officials of being involved in illegal land allocation. He stated that the government would not allow the council officials to “cover-up their illegal dealings by demolishing people’s houses”. “Government is saddened by the demolition of houses in Kitwe’s Mufuchani area by the Kitwe City Council. What is even more regrettable is that the council took this action in the middle of the rainy season. This action is not only unacceptable but inhuman and demeaning to the affected families,” Kambwili stated.
But Kambwili was only saying this because on Wednesday, displaced Kitwe residents, whose houses were demolished by the Kitwe City Council, told Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge that the PF should consider itself already voted out of government because it is not considerate of the plight of the poor. “PF is the reason why we are now spending nights in the cold and we will make sure we vote for other people who care about human life. Mwailetelelafye ba minister!” Mileti Chocha, whose house was demolished, told Musenge as the minister toured the area. “Tatwakamivotele kumo nabakateka, mwatulekeleshya (we will not vote for you or the President, you have neglected us). Why force the council on us? You have just brought trouble on yourselves. The President has neglected us.”