By Scoop Reporter

Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo this morning disrupted crowds of people engaged in physical fitness activities and ordered them to go back home on account that they are not following Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) preventive guidelines such as maintaining social distance and wearing face masks.

Mr. Lusambo, who was in the company of traffic police officers, combed most parts of the city where people jog in the morning ordered them to stop and go home while instructing the police to deal with whoever would not comply.

“Police officers, come here. They are here. You want me to order the police to come and arrest you? What are your doing there? Can you go back home now. Do you want to spread the Corona Virus?” Mr. Lusambo shouted as some people continued jogging.

And speaking at the flyover bride next to FINDECO after dispersing multitudes of people he found there, Mr. Lusambo said he is disappointed that people have continued abrogating preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, with impunity.

He says with the turn of events, it will be very difficult to contain the disease especially that Lusaka is the epicenter of the pandemic

“I am very disappointed because most of the people who were here are children, young boys and girls in the age between 10 to 15 years and for me, we need more effort. We need to up our game because like this, you can’t contain the disease.

“What we are discouraging here are people defying the preventive measures announced by President Edgar Lungu which were communicated to us such as maintaining social distance which was not observed here. There are measures such as putting on face masks but when we came here, we found people squeezed and without masks,” he said.

He notes that there is need for more vigorous sensitisation campaigns especially in compounds around Lusaka

“We need to invest a lot of sensitization in the compounds. There are quite a number of people here. When we came around 04:30, we found hundreds of people from our compounds such as Misisi, Kuomboka, and Kanyama to exercise at the flyover bridge.

“Exercising is not the problem. The problem is that we have COVID-19 with Lusaka being the epicenter. We don’t know how many households are represented here and we don’t know how we can control COVID -19 with a situation we found here,” he said.


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