PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu through the Patriotic Front (PF) Disaster Management will ensure that everything that was lost by the 15 families of Mpande forestry in Kafue District is restored because he is fully aware of their sufferings, Committee Chairperson Warren Chisha Mwambazi has assured the victims.
Mr Mwambazi said the Patriotic Front (PF) Disaster Management Committee conducted an assessment on Saturday in order to ascertain the sufferings being experienced by a population of about 295 people who have settled in Mpande Forestry.
Over 295 people were displaced from the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) and resettled in Mpande Forestry Block in Kafue district in November, 2015 by the department of Wildlife in the Ministry of Tourism.
And after the declaration of President Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina as winners of the August 11, 2016 general elections by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu, about five grass-thatched houses were set ablaze by suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters in Kafue.
Speaking on Sunday when the Committee donated assorted foodstuffs, Mr Mwambazi said the committee had been sent by the Head of State to assure the people that the Patriotic Front would restored everything that they had lost during their stay in Mpande area.
“We have come to encourage you. We know you have lost property and the assessment was given to this committee but we want to encourage you that the government is aware, the party is aware and they will help in any way possible to ensure that your lives are restored.
“We have come here to be with you people because we know what you are going through and just to encourage you and bring the message of love and peace in this area,” he said.
Mr Mwambazi said the team was in the area on Saturday to carry out an assessment of how many things had been destroyed.
“We have come with a few goods which we want to assist you with but the most important thing we have brought to you is the message of oneness which is also a message of ‘One Zambia, One Nation,” Mr Mwambazi said.
He urged the residents to always restrain themselves from engaging in violence and shame those who were perpetrating the vice.
Mr Mwambazi said President Lungu had been preaching peace, oneness and co-existence.
He also assured the residents that the committee would work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the people behind the burning of their houses were brought to book.
“Whoever came here to cause this havoc, the law enforcement agencies will ensure that they are found and make them face the wrath of the law,” Mr Mwambazi said.