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Don’t politicise Kariba deaths, HH told

MARTIN NKOLOMBA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has advised United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema not to politicise the Gweembe tragedy which claimed 25 lives last Friday.
Chief Government spokesperson Joseph Katema said in a statement yesterday that Mr Hichilema should realise that the nation is grief-stricken and allow it to get over the loss.
“At the moment, the nation is engulfed in deep grief and sorrow at the death of the school children and others in the Kariba boat accident.
“It is not time for politicking and finger-pointing but to come together as a nation as we mourn our departed children, brothers and sisters,” Dr Katema, who’s also minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said.
The minister’s comments come in the wake of a statement in which Mr Hichilema questioned how people could be using boats for transportation in this day and age.
Dr Katema said Mr Hichilema’s statement was off-key.
“Government, therefore, finds Mr Hichilema’s statement political and insensitive to the tragedy at hand – which is the loss of so many lives in the Kariba boat accident,” Dr Katema said.
He appealed to the opposition leader to desist from politicking the tragedy and ensure the departed are accorded a befitting funeral.
The 25 died after the boat which was ferrying them to a nearby school to celebrate Zambia’s golden jubilee capsized. Eight survived the accident.
Government has declared today a day of national mourning.


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