Government has lashed out at opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for belittling the Kariba boat accident by politicizing the tragedy.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Joseph Katema said government takes great exception to Mr Hichilema’s statement in which he questioned the morality of the governance system that subjects citizens to modes of transport such as the one in which 25 people perished on Lake Kariba last Friday.
In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Katema described Mr Hichilema‘s statement as political and insensitive to the tragedy and the deep grief and sorrow that has engulfed the nation following the death of the school children and others in the Kariba boat accident.
The Minister said that it was only appropriate that the country puts aside politics and finger-pointing and devote time to mourn the lives of the departed citizens.
Dr Katema who is also Chief government spokesperson has since advised the opposition leader and the public to desist from politicizing tragic events.
He assured the nation that government will ensure it gets to the bottom of the matter and establish the circumstances that led to the tragedy as investigations into the matter were still going-on.
Mr Hichilema in a statement released to the media is quoted as having questioned the morality of the country’s governance system for subjecting citizens to unstable modes of transport so many years after independence.
He urged the nation to begin to aspire for better services that will safeguard the safety and lives of people crossing water bodies.
On October 24, as Zambia was celebrating g its Golden Jubilee, 25 people among them 22 school going children perished when their 14 seater banana boat capsized as they attempted to cross Lake Kariba in Gwembe district in Southern Province.
Government has since declared tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 a day of national mourning in honour of the 25 Kariba accident victims who will be buried in a mass grave in Gwembe on the same day.