You will get back your jobs, HH assures dismissed public service workers

By Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has assured the dismissed public service workers they will get back their jobs when he forms government.

In a statement UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said the dismisal of police officers who maintained law and order in the Sesheke parliamentary by-election was dismaying.

Hichilema said it was appalling to note how the PF had swiftly concluded that the officers broke the law when no one had been found wanting over the death of a fourth year student at the University of Zambia,  Vespers Shimuzhila in October last year.

He said his party was aware that young professionals working in government have not only suffered in terms of poor conditions of service but also physical attacks, unlawful dismissals from known PF officials including President Lungu as a beneficiary of lawlessness in the country.

“However, we would like to assure all the civil servants and in this case men and women in uniform not to lose hope because once in government, we will give back your jobs. There is nothing good as moving on with a clear conscience, especially knowing too well that yours was to serve the country diligently and not a group of select corrupt few. As a party we call on the country to unite against the PF’s continued lawlessness being funded by loans and corruption acquired at the expense of the majority poor,” said Hichilema

Hichilema said actions such as firing of professional civil servants for performing lawful duties such as deterring known PF unruly thugs has the potential to further create anarchy in a country whose economy is already on its knees.

“This is because citizens will have no choice but to defend themselves whenever attacked by the PF corruption and loans funded thugs. We call the nation to action that whenever attacked by the PF thugs, you must defend yourselves because the law and order enforcers have been made unimportant by the PF leadership,” he said. “Self-defence is a constitutional right that each and every citizen of our country enjoys and this is part of the people power which is your power to override the corrupt few in the PF led by Mr Edgar Lungu”.

Meanwhile, opposition National Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili said senior police officers in Sesheke have been fired over the intercity armed PF cadre’s fracas.

Kambwili regretted that senior cops who chose to deal with the real problem had been fired.

“I feel this decision is utterly unfair,”

He said the cops who killed Vespers were still within the police service and nothing had been done about the criminals who tear gassed her to death.

“It’s sickening to even comprehend just how irresponsible this government is, how can a responsible government pride thugs over their own innocent school children. It’s sad and the people are watching, what is going on?” asked Kambwili.