Bruce Nyirenda – 24.03.20
State security agencies have revealed that health professionals recommended a complete lock down of the country some 3 weeks ago, even before first cases of Coronavirus were reported in Zambia.
And highly confidential reports indicate that Zambia has more than 50 cases of Coronavirus, though the official figure of those quarantined in hospitals stands at 11, The Ministry of Health has meanwhile only revealed 3 cases.We challenge Dr. Chitalu Chilufya to deny this.
A lockdown was recommended even before first cases of the virus were officially reported, but Edgar Lungu and some cabinet ministers refused purely based on personal business interests, as some of their exports and imports plus business partners are still in transit.
“Some of their exports and imports plus business partners are still in transit even now, a lockdown will mean disruption to their corrupt businesses and loss in income. The recommendations were made 3 weeks ago even before first cases of the virus were officially reported”, complained the Intelligence source.
And reports from other state security agencies reveal that there are more than 50 cases of Coronavirus in the country with 11 patients currently admitted, while the Ministry of Health have only revealed three cases.
“For example, we have cases of Zambians of Pakistan origin namely Ismail Nadat, Salim Akubut that have all tested positive for Coronavirus. In addition, we have Ali Kapara and wife who are also positive but have been allowed to remain at their house instead of quarantine centres.
All these had travelled in Jamat abroad and came back in Zambia without being quarantined. The sad part is that on arrival in Zambia, there was an engagement party at Akubat’s home and a lot of people shook hands and hugged Salim and later went for a wedding ceremony.
The next day, Salim went for golf and attended gym sessions with lots of Zambians who we don’t know where they are, but hoping after this news report, they can all volunteer to be tested. And obviously these people also run businesses where cash transactions are done, and money is another transmitter of disease,” security sources revealed.
They further say nine of the unannounced cases are currently at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka under some room.
Meanwhile, health professionals are complaining that the country is running out of protective clothing including gloves and other basic necessities, critical for a highly infectious disease like coronavirus.
“This man’s silence is genocidal because his voice can raise awareness and cause the international community to send in help. This is not a joke anymore, these are people’s lives we are talking about here. If people die who’s he going to lead?”, lamented the Intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.