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OPINION: Hats Off President Lungu on Cholera Drive

President Edgar Lungu has usually taken a battering from all corners over the many decisions that he continues to make in the governance of the country.

The Head of State has had to be bashed even for decisions that have nothing to do with him. But there is one thing Zambians will find hard to criticize the Head of State for having lain everything in the fight against cholera.

President Lungu has lain his Presidency on the line to ensure that the drive against cholera succeeds. Considering that the vending community remains one of the greatest support bases of the ruling Patriotic Front, it is not an easy decision.

The vending community has stayed loyal to the Patriotic Front even when every other sector has left the party’s popularity heavily tested.

Over time the PF has found it hard to displace vendors given the political cost of such a decision. Credit should go to President Lungu for having summoned soldiers from the barracks to lead the clean-up.

Soldiers have their no nonsense attitude that has kept everyone obliged in sticking with the clean-up.

People have lost property and sources of livelihood in the thick of the anti-cholera drive. The government has stood firm and every well-meaning Zambian has seen the fruits of the clean-up.

The usually dirty Central Business District has been swept clean with heaps of garbage that has been the signature appearance of Lusaka being dismantled.

It is not exactly the most fatal cholera epidemic but government has shown the way that with tough political will, the nation can be shown the clean way.

If the country can stick to this lane then President Lungu can look back to this potentially politically costly decision with pride.

After all it is easier to bow to political pressure and restore the vendors to their illegal posts in town and also appease the bands of alleluia pastors that have been mourning over dried up offerings owing to the ban on some church gatherings than to gain the presidency.

60 Comments

  1. An delay a

    After all it is easier to bow to political pressure and restore the vendors to their illegal posts in town and also appease the bands of alleluia pastors that have been mourning over dried up offerings owing to the ban on some church gatherings than to gain the presidency.

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  2. Governance Muzeya

    Ok

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  3. Temwalanji

    We should support the president. Although some families are suffering because of this exercise, if there is something the government can do to help out the street vendors please can it be done quikly …..#KEEP_ZAMBIA_CLEAN

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    • Simon nsama

      Am proud with what president Edgar lungu and the government workers, are doing towards prevention of cholera outbreak they say prevention is better than cure am hereby emphasising the chililabombwe city council to do something and collect all this trush in the community because when cholera strick in chililabombwe we are giong to be affected please ba council do something dont just get the money and walk out during the inspections like they is nothing wrong especially muma tavern and restaurants chilibombwe is a small town once cholera kicks in we are all doomed thats my concern……

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    • Isaac Richard

      Why you people are doing this to your city stop doing this now late the government working please

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  4. mulase

    Give kudos wea they ar due.Hats off Mr President for this bold step.Apa peve mwasebenza.This is wat is expected from u not some of these unnecessary trips u take even wen u can delegate someone else.U know very well how much this country spends each tym u travel out at the expense of the Zambian poor pipo. Look at how much Amos Chanda has amassed in a short period. Muzamuletelela mwana uyo ka..Mark my words.For Amos pliz don’t speak to us as though u ar a Minister coz u ar simply a spokes person who has NO immunity ikasila nchito

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  5. hh

    one Edgar keep it up

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  6. peter

    People u want to see the President on the ground so that the President is working seeing him d coat that’s when he is convened but u see the street of Lusaka crean by his command

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    • Jimmy

      Let’s take the next step sustainability of Keep Zambia Clean .The Military Men must be saluted and be encouraged to be supervising this campaign as they have proved effective before handing over to the Council.

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  7. Amos Chanda assistant

    Koswe mumpoto✊

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  8. frank

    is it that we zambians are not spick & span? why other countries ar loughing at us? now zambia has been known as a rubbish pit

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  9. Joseph

    God bless your works

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  10. Maano

    The damage has already been caused by the PF Cholera greed. They have failed to uphold the Constitution, health legal provisions, By-lwas and health regulations all in the name of political expedience. Now they caused the death of at least 66 souls for PF cholera popularity! It is treason to kill people for political mileage!

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  11. analyser

    LUNGU is the causer of Cholera because of his thieving habit. So why should he get praise for what you call his drive. Get over it Jonathan has been a disaster for the country and he needs to go.

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  12. james kaumba

    Street vendors mwashinikisha u thought u can’t be chased out from those streets u were chanting from amaka amaka,I for one I was hurt with such street covering roads behaviour now u will die with hunger with T shirts written ECL for 2016,mwapenga banyama

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  13. jk

    That is Zambia Cholera

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  14. Steven Temwani Moyo

    Job well done your Excellence

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  15. bank'$

    Action after disaster you aren’t helping

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  16. Comfort

    I hope this cholera issue will come to an end soon

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  17. Lc

    Koswe mpoto

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  18. Collins

    Only God knowz

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  19. Jimmy

    Let’s take the next step sustainability of Keep Zambia Clean .The Military Men must be saluted and be encouraged to be supervising this campaign as they have proved effective before handing over to the Council.

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  20. hights

    it looks like a ghost town

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  21. Dawn Habukali

    Good job continue marking Zambia clean

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  22. kakuba berings

    On the cholera epidemic that has seen some of our beloved ones sent to early grave; the intervention put forth by President ECL needs commendation by all well meaning Zambians.As a supporter of PF I think the President has demonstrated leadership. Bravo my President!

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  23. Kiwi Branded

    Great move

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  24. Kiwi Branded

    Comment

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  25. Fkunda

    Well done Mr president

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  26. moses banda

    Are we gong to die all zambian,am card askng, to look for solution befor all haped

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  27. Mwamba

    That is good is good is nice is nice my lord

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  28. mulase

    Just as much as I feel pity on the vendors in the street iam quiet sceptical about that type of business and I hate it like hell.I say so because street vending other than littering the streets it is also non productive to the growth of the economy. Imagine that these guys buy products in Shops only to sell at a higher price in the street. Is that being productive?Can someone mention only one good thing about this vice?Unemployment levels should not be a reason for such a nuisance. All wat this means is that someone or rather a Parent did not plan well for this particular vendor.It is for that reason and many more that I have introduced a policy in my home wea before anyone can can wash his or her hands to partake the Nshima on the table he or she must account for wat he or she has done that particular day to deserve my nshima.No proper explanation kulibe kudya.Period!!

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  29. mayembe

    Let’s congratulates the uniformed personals for what they have done in lusaka city & zambia in patiecular,may God bless our nation zambia plz God help us

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  30. kaya

    Business men and women are crying…some of us depend on the street for survival…but will we be doing before the cholera ends?

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  31. kaya

    Business men and women are crying…some of us depend on the street for survival…but what will we be doing before the cholera ends?

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    • James kaumba

      Mwapenga banyama mwalikutusabila muma street monyomo mwanya mwapenga

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  32. Fr Cephas Mubanga css

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    Umwana Ashenda

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  33. Lexis

    when are schools opening?,is it Monday or do pupils
    have to wait a little longer.

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  34. Johnson

    We should support the President for the move he has taken, and continue with this excise always .

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  35. Enock kambala

    Some people can be fools ,,,
    Instead of supporting the president for the work his doing,,,,
    Fighting against cholera,,,,,
    Some just know to criticize,,,,,

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  36. Zed b squared

    God bless those who has participated in the cleaning

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  37. Amagenge

    Two things I hated about Zambia 1) The media houses that want to be game changers and who banished any president who did not listen to their command and 2) Street vending. Looks like the arrogate Post Newspaper and is no more. I hope street vending will also die in a similar manner…

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  38. Kelvin Munangongwe

    First let us open our eyes. The bible clearly spots it out….DAT in.de last. Days there wud be a lot of diseases…..this samthing man cannot handle alone. Only wit de help of de almighty GOD amen

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  39. Thats childish learn to think yo wives n yo children dont hygiene n u the blame on lungu take this outu

    Thats childish learn to think yo wives n yo children ar not taught hygiene then blame on lungu wu is just doin the job time for politics is not yet

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  40. Sammy

    That’s a great work ECL… I salute u

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  41. Sammy

    That’s a great work ECL

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  42. john mwelwa

    God bless u Mr President well done continue cleaning….

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  43. As I see it

    It only takes political will to develop the country. So let the president takes strong stance on keep Zambia clean no one should go back to the streets

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  44. Chocho

    Cholera tayakapwe. Mpaka mwambe ukupepa Jehova (God’s people are clean and upholds hygienic standards)

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    • Zecky

      Y he close da churches but he let da bar’s open he didn’t know that God he is da owner of da world who is lungu tel camand pipo nt to pray can cholera found n church wakeup pipo Satanism is attacking Zambia so lungu he can say that is a Christian

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  45. C PHIRI

    GOD IS GREAT

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  46. ALICK PHIRI

    Its good that we are able to discuss over it

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  48. Peter Malambo

    Job weldone EL. Street vendors just make our our cities very dirty in the name of entrepreneurship. Do not allow then to go back sir. Find them an alternative market or ask them to go from where they came before street venfing and not on the streets again. For the first time in my life, It feels comfortable and nice to walk on the streets of Lusaka’s central business without problems. I have family members and friend that do vending but that shouldnt be the justification to making our cities risky. If we are to keep our towns healthy, clean, beautiful and safe,political mileage should be put aside. Thank you My President!

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  49. jm

    only hh wil fix it . ecl is a failure

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  50. jm2

    only hh wil fix it . ecl is a failure lyk rb

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  51. AT

    hh wil fix it

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  52. Emmanuel Njobvu

    Keep Zambia Clean’ Mr Edgar Don’t Allow Street Venders To Start Selling In Roads Again, Let All The Things Be In Order. Work Hard To To Make Our Country Clean And Green.

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  53. caleb njobvu

    Cholera has brought harm than good and it has hazy situation kind like closure of Bars,churches,delay of schools reopen and so on
    But why not allowing churches to pray against this vibrio disease every sunday..Zambian as christian nation we need to priotise God in our daily lives. as a proud citizen of zambia i surely would want the government to take a step on the above statement…

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