The leader of Zambia’s opposition party, Hakainde Hichilema said that President Edgar Lungu’s decision to fire Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has come a little too late.
Hichilema, who leads the United Party for National Development (UPND), accused Lungu of not acting quickly against Dr Chilufya because the latter’s alleged corrupt activities benefited the ruling Patriotic Front party. Said Hichilema:
Mr Edgar Lungu knew all along of Dr Chilufya’s corrupt expeditions at the Ministry of Health but didn’t relieve him of his duties because it benefited him and the entire Patriotic Front.
He didn’t have to wait for the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee to unearth something that was so obvious.
We, therefore, demand that the ACC immediately moves in on Dr Chitalu Chilufya. Mr Lungu should go further and fire Stephen Kampyongo and Kakoma Kanganja who are equally culpable like Dr Chilufya, for the deaths of innocent citizens. We demand justice for the Zambian people now.
In a media statement on Sunday following the sacking of Dr Chilufya by President Lungu, the UPND presidential spokesperson Anthony Bwalya said Zambians should not be fooled by this development. He said:
We wish to remind the Zambian people, that while Dr Chilufya has been relieved of his duties, the principal beneficiaries of the criminal activities at the Ministry of Health are the Patriotic Front (PF), and by default President Edgar Lungu himself.
All the criminal activities perpetrated under the PF regime are carried out by agents and sponsors of the PF for the benefit of the PF and President Lungu.
… We urge Zambians not to get hoodwinked by the decision of President Lungu to fire Dr Chilufya, as it does nothing to remedy the tragedy of such unprecedented government-sponsored criminal activities against our own people.