The government has dismissed accusations leveled against it by United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema that it has illegally paid First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba K1.5 billion while the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) is in a crisis.
In a press statement made available to ZANIS today by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Kennedy Sakeni said the accusations by Mr Hichilema are cheap and baseless as no such money has illegally been given to the first lady by the government.
Mr Sakeni said the oxygen plant at the children’s wing is intact and operations are normal and therefore it is untrue that premature babies in incubators are dying due to lack of oxygen as stated by Mr Hichilema.
The information minister who is also the Chief Government Spokesperson has since advised Mr Hichilema to tame his growing and insatiable appetite for exaggerations and falsehoods which he (Mr Hichilema) cannot substantiate.
Mr Sakeni has further urged the people of Zambia to ignore unconstructive and unsubstantiated criticism from people like Mr Hichilema, adding that the Patriotic Front Government is on a serious mission to improve people’s living standards.