Zambia legislators have adjourned the parliamentary sessions after losing one of their own to COVID19.
Hon. Rogers Mwewa, the legislator from the North of the country recently fell ill and had tested positive for the Coronavirus. He died and was buried on 21 July 2021 (Tuesday).
“Hon. Mwewa had difficulties in breathing from Friday night and was admitted to CFB Medical Centre in Lusaka. His condition deteriorated on Saturday morning and he required Oxygen support. Hon. Mwewa was around mid-day evacuated to Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital but the ventilators there were not working forcing the medical team to move him to UTH where he died upon arrival evening.”Zambian Reports
Zambia has been robbed of two legislators and representatives of the people by COVID19 in a space of 24 hours.
“This is a painful blow. We have lost two gallant men who remained loyal to their electorates and the Patriotic Front despite Hon Munkonge being an Independent MP. My deepest condolences to the Munkonge and Mwewa families and the people of both Lukashya and Mwansabombwe Constituencies.”President Edgar Lungu of Zambia
The country’s Vice President, Inonge Wina, said the escalating cases of Covid-19 had necessitated adjournment of the House. Ms. Wina lamented the increasing cases of the virus despite the implementation of measures to combat its spread.
Zambia’s health minister Chitalu Chilufya said the virus had spread exponentially the last few days. The pandemic has spread to 44 districts in the country, he told Parliament.
Zambia’s Clerk of the National Assembly, Cecilia Mbewe, announced in a statement that as of July 15, the 19 cases recorded included three MPs, 10 National Assembly staff and six non-staff.
Zambia’s virus cases are commonly reported in urban areas, but fears are alive that the disease might spread into rural localities.
The cases have surged the past few weeks with 108 deaths recorded so far.
Due to the pandemic, the country’s economy has been left struggling with President Edgar Lungu moving to ask China for “debt relief and cancellation.