Youths should stop accusing old people of witchcraft – Veep

Vice-President Inonge Wina before a lecture at Columbia University on 11 March, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION - Photo Credit CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA -
Vice-President Inonge Wina - Photo Credit CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA -

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says it is a disgrace to accuse senior citizens of practising witchcraft because of their old age.
Mrs Wina said it is sad that youths in communities are accusing old people of practising witchcraft.


The Vice-President was speaking at Maramba old people’s home in Livingstone on Monday.
She said it is important for young people to take care of the elderly instead of abusing them.


“You are accused of being witches. This is not true and it is a disgrace to our country. Old people are being accused of what they are not,” Mrs Wina said.


She said old people must know that Government cares for them and this is the reason why it has put them in a shelter to protect them.
“We have entered into the cold season and as Government, we have brought you blankets. If they are not enough, we shall still bring some more so that everyone here will get a blanket,” Mrs Wina said.


She assured that Government would address the concerns of those managing old people’s homes.
“Government does not want to see you suffering on the streets. It is sad that the old people are being accused of many crimes that they have not committed,” Mrs Wina said.


She said Government every year allocates funds for Maramba old people’s home in the annual budget.
And Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu directed permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchooba to ensure that funds are allocated in next year’s budget for the rehabilitation of Maramba old people’s home.


The Vice-President also visited the Cheshire Homes, where she donated some wheelchairs.
And Mrs Wina says the construction of Mulala Bridge will help to prevent loss of lives among residents of Mulala village when crossing the river.
Mrs Wina is confident that Zambia Army officers working on the bridge will do a good job.