REPATRIATING STRANDED CADRES IS A COST TO DMMU – CHANDA KABWE

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DMMU says politicians must stop ferrying their supports to far flung areas to their events if they cannot provide means to take them back…


…As he urges political parties to stop ferrying cadres
July 31, 2021

The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit – DMMU has called on political parties to desist from ferrying cadres from one district to the other if they have no means of taking them back.

DMMU National Coordinator Chanda Kabwe says the trend of transporting cadres has proved to be a huge cost to DMMU as it leaves cadres stranded after the event.

Mr Kabwe says government through DMMU is compelled to transport stranded cadres back to their various district after being used and left stranded by mostly the opposition political parties.

The National Coordinator says political parties should be responsible enough to take care of their cadres after their political activities as opposed to what has been happening where cadres are left stranded with no food and transport.

Mr Kabwe has since appealed to members of the public not to fall prey to political parties whose aim is to use them to show popularity and later dump them on the streets.

Government through DMMU has on several occassions provided food and transport to stranded cadres to return to their various localities after being dumped by the opposition political parties.

During the nominations of Presidential candidates for the August 2021 elections, DMMU repatriated over 100 cadres to Northwestern Province after they were left stranded by a named party leader and today the Unit is making arrangements to repatriate cadres to various districts of Eastern Province after they were left stranded in Chipata by an Opposition party leader who had a roadshow in the Chipata.

Mr. Kabwe has directed DMMU Regional Coordinator for Eastern Province and Chipata District Commissioner who is the District Disaster Management Committee Chairperson to identify where the stranded cadres hails from and the cost implication for their repatriation.

The National Coordinator has also announced that Government will aid the families of the cadres who have allegedly being murdered by a named opposition political party cadres in Kanyama Township in Lusaka.

He regretted the political violence which has led to the demise of two alleged Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Lusaka.

He said DMMU will help all the two funeral houses as they put their loved ones to rest.

Issued by
Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit Senior Communications Officer
Mathews Musukwa

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