Wednesday 17th January 2018

Army Comes In To Kanyama

The Zambia Army has moved into Kanyama to quell the riots that have rocked the area.

Kanyama residents on Friday morning ran amok destroying property worth millions of Kwacha in protest against the removal of marketeers at Total filling station in the area.

The irate residents have also burnt a tipper truck and looted several shops in the area.

Police armed in full riot gear fought running battles with the protesters who threw stones.

Police led by Lusaka Division Commissioner of Police Nelson Phiri had a tough time to calm the rioters.

And addressing the rioters Mr Phiri appealed to them to removal objects used to block the roads but all was in vain.

And the traders complained that they were not warned and were surprised to see armed officers who told them to vacate the trading place.

Meanwhile, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Political Consultant Chishimba Kambwili has condemned government for removing street vendors in Lusaka’s central business district amid fears of the cholera spread.

Mr. Kambwili said that he has been to many countries which allow street vending and their streets are always clean.

Mr Kambwili said that the cholera outbreak in Lusaka and some parts of the country is as a result of the local authority’s poor attitude in waste management and not street vending.

Kambwili says Zambia is crumbling as a result of misplaced priorities and irresponsible leadership.

“Cholera was first reported in October and if this was a serious government they would have taken preventive measures back then.

“Now the poor are being punished because of an epidemic that is preventable. Instead of commissioning exorbitant priced roads and airports, as well as globe trotting and spending money on unnecessary things you could have prevented this by diverting that money into sanitation,” he says.

Kambwili said that the common man on the street is suffering.

“The poor marketeers and street vendors are now suffering because they are hungry, their livelihoods have been taken away from them in a flash and there is nothing worse than a government that does not prioritise the poor people.

And Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo has directed Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to ensure that the situation is put under control.

Speaking when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk Program, Mr. Kampyongo says Mr. Kanganja should reinforce the officers to control the situation.

The Home Affairs Minister has also advised innocent residents in the area to remain indoors as the police deal with the rioters.

Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has refuted media reports suggesting that a police officer has been killed by irate residents in Kanyama during the riot.

Meanwhile, Government is set to connect Kanyama Township to piped water. Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary Eddy Chomba confirmed the development when he signed a contract with China Civil Engineering to start setting up the water network.

Bishop Chomba says the project which is slated to be completed within the next seven months is meant to provide a permanent solution to the Cholera epidemic.

He says government is waging a war against Cholera which is why many stakeholders have come on board to fight it.

China Civil Engineering General Manager Eric Ding has promised the government and Zambians that he will do quality works on the water network.

Mr. Ding says his company’s partnership with Zambia has resulted in great works completed including the TAZARA railway line constructed about forty year’s ago.

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