Letter to the Editor

Unite, don’t politicise fight against coronavirus

Dear editor,
ZAMBIA never ceases to amaze me. At a critical time such as the one the country is experiencing of rising cases of the coronavirus infections, politicians still want to earn marks.
I listened to an advertised message on one of the radio stations yesterday by United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema. Mr Hichilema shares his thoughts about how the coronavirus should be handled. That, in itself, is okay but to seek political mileage out of it is very sad.
Why am I talking about political mileage?
It’s because his views have been clearly advertised either by himself or his handlers. They want the message, some of which is at variance with Government, heard by citizens. And, naturally, his message is appealing to Zambians who may not fully understand the intricacies of certain Government decisions.
Mr Hichilema should stop playing to the gallery. If he indeed has the interest of Zambians at heart, he should channel his message through the right offices.
Has Mr Hichilema seen what Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa did two weeks ago?
They shared the platform to demonstrate unity in the fight against the disease.
The entire world is united against the disease. Why can’t we, for once, take a leaf?
If we cannot see Mr Hichilema and President Edgar Lungu embrace (not literally) now, when will we?

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