PRESIDENT LUNGU SHOULD DECLARE A STATE OF PUBLIC EMERGENCY
By Chibesa Kalandwe II BA (UNZA), Msc (Arizona)
The numbers are there for all to see.
The contagion is ripping through the population. Thousands are now pitching up at hospital facilities failing to breath.
Two weeks ago, I warned about this. I predicated that the 3rd wave that will hit Zambia was doing press ups in India. Here we are today, a daily infection rate of 2000 is a public health emergency. This is no time for politics.
President Lungu should proceed and invoke his constitutional power by recalling the previous life of Parliament and declaring a State of Public Emergency.
Opposition political party leaders like Hakainde Hichilema do not mean well. If they did, they could not have gathered yesterday to tell people to ignore the Electoral Commission of Zambia ban on political gatherings.
Zambia is recording a daily infection rate of 2000, at that viral speed, by the time the first ballot is cast in August, the public health facilities will be overwhelmed with the sick and our mortuaries will be piling up with dead bodies. India is about to unfold in Zambia.
If you tell Zambians to social distance, they will not just do it. Mr. President, It is time to use force to make them do so. Our country will be a huge landfill of the dead and sick if we put democracy first before our well being.
There is no need to risk for an election that Hakainde Hichilema has already lost. We need to postpone it to a later date.