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President consoles scramble victims families

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu and the government have sent condolences to the families of the eight people who were killed in a stampede over donations at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka yesterday.
In a joint statement yesterday, five ministers said the nation will be informed of the full outcome of investigations and funeral proceedings.
She has since asked the nation to pray for comfort for the bereaved families.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga read the statement on behalf of the other ministers, most of whom are members of Parliament in affected constituencies in the capital city.
“The Disaster and Management Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice-President will provide support to the bereaved families during the period of mourning,” Ms Mulenga said.
“The President sends his personal and Government’s sympathies to the families of the deceased and wishes them God’s supreme mercies to help them recover from this tragedy,” Ms Mulenga said.
The other ministers present were Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe, members of Parliament for Matero Mulenga Kaziya and his Mandevu counterpart Jean Kapata.
They said they had visited the site of the tragedy and briefed the President on the tragedy.
“We are a nation of faith. We are always hopeful, and therefore, let us remain prayerful in this moment of great loss,” Ms Mulenga said.
And Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has advised people to comply with the Public Order Act, which would have forestalled the tragedy.
According to the law, all public gatherings are governed by the Public Order Act and police have to be notified in advance.



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