By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The Government has commenced the evacuation of over 286 families affected by floods in Monze and Namwala Districts ahead of the 48 hour deadline.
Southern Province Minister Cornelius Mweetwa supervised the evacuation exercise being undertaken by the defense force.
Mr Mweetwa however had a tough time to convince the flood victims at Namalyo fishing camp, as they resisted cooperating with the defense force to be relocated to high lands by land and air transport.
“I am not happy that some flood victims at Namalyo fishing camp are resisting relocation when water levels in the Kafue flood plains are steadily rising everyday threatening human life and other properties including livestock, President Hichilema does not want to witness loss of lives due to floods and that the deployment of defense force is in their best interest,” he said.
Mr Mweetwa said it would be irresponsible of Government to allow its citizens to perish from floods when it has the ability to save life.
He was accompanied by Provincial Permanent Secretary Namani Monze, Disaster Management and Mitigation United Provincial Coordinator and other Government officials.