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COVID-19: MPs snub coronavirus testing

Filed under: Breaking News,Health & Nutrition,Politics |

The testing of Members of the National Assembly for coronavirus, which was conducted at the National Assembly Clinic yesterday was marred by low turnout, as the majority of MPs snubbed the event.

The process was being led by Vice President, Inonge M Wina, MP and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Patrick Matibini.

The testing came after three members of parliament and 10 National Assembly staff have tested positive for COVID-19, as disclosed by the Clerk of the National Assembly of Zambia Cecilia Mbewe.

She recently told the nation that six non-staff also tested positive at the National Assembly Clinic, bringing the total number of cases at the National Assembly COVID-19 Testing Centre to 19.

“I wish to inform the media and the Nation at large that some Covid-19 cases have been recorded at the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ). Confirmed cases as of Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 are as follows: Three (3) Members of Parliament (MPs); Ten (10) National Assembly of Zambia staff; and Six (6) non staff tested at the National Assembly Clinic,” Mbewe stated.

However, reports coming out of the exercise are that the majority of MPs did not turn up for the exercise.

Speaking during the exercise, Vice President Wina, MP, said it was imperative for every Member of Parliament (MP) to test and know their COVID-19 status considering that they will be interacting with their families and constituents.

She also urged Zambians at large not to be sceptical, but test for COVID-19 as it is a life threatening disease.

Apparently, the Speaker of Parliament also encouraged staff of the National Assembly and MPs to take the test, pointing out that MPs were the apex of political leadership in the country and therefore needed to lead by example.

Speaking at the same event, Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Honourable Godfridah Sumaili, MP, praised the National Assembly of Zambia Management for organising such an exercise to enable MP’s and staff get tested quickly.

She also thanked the Ministry of Health for reaching out to many Zambians and commended the church for being responsive to COVID-19 and adhering to the health guidelines in protecting their members.

In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Fourth Session of the Twelfth National Assembly adjourned sine die on Tuesday, 21st July 2020.


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