United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema has said that public health demands should be met at the opened markets so that no citizen will die of cholera.
In a statement released to the media yesterday, the UPND leader said that that political cadres must not control markets and bus stations as they had proved that they had no interest of public health and people but finances which they raised after heavily taxing the traders.
The UNPD also called for the immediate scrapping off of public toilet fees as funds for health maintenance can be raised from, among other avenues, as ground rate fees that marketers pay and also annual budgetary allocations.
Below is the full statement
HH URGES: STOP CORRUPTION, SAVE LIFE FROM CHOLERA AND HUNGER.
15th January, 2018.
We understand that today, some of the marketeers resumed trading at City Market and other trading places but a larger population has remained unattended to hence continue protests in Lusaka.
Therefore, we would like to once again strongly urge those holding onto government to with immediate effect find designated trading places for the street vendors. No one should die of cholera or hunger as a result of mismanaging our country’s resources through corruption.
Our call to action now is that public health demands should be met at the opened markets so that no citizen will die of cholera.
We maintain that these markets and bus stations must not be run by political cadres as they have proved that they have no interest of public health and our people but finances which they raise after heavily taxing the traders.
We also maintain that the public toilet fees be scrapped off immediately as funds for health maintenance can be raised from among other avenues such as ground rate fees that marketers pay and also annual budgetary allocations because without doing so, our people who can’t afford to pay may continue on the path of throwing unwanted substances anyhow.
Further, funds can be raised by cutting on luxurious expenditures and corruption and channel such resources towards public health. This is attainable, if shopping malls have no fee-paying toilets, why should it be difficult and for us to fail to provide public health and prevent diseases to our people who pay taxes?
Lastly, we appeal to the men and women in uniform to exercise maximum restraint as they manage the street vendors who may wish to express their views on these matters. Let’s remain calm.
In no uncertain term, together with can fight cholera and provide income earning opportunities to our people by remaining united and fighting bad vices such as corruption. Let’s save lives both from cholera and hunger.