THE Ministry of Home Affairs has disassociated itself from a ‘concocted’ article on social media alleging that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema risks being arrested if he continues making donations to assist the government.
In a statement, ministry public relations officer Nephas Chifuta warned those behind fabricated articles on social media to stop the act, stating that it amounts to criminality.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs has noted with concern the growing illegality of posting fabricated articles on social media with a view to propagate the agenda of a certain political party,” Chifuta stated. “Currently, there is a false and malicious article circulating on social media alleging that Mr Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) risks being arrested if he continues making donations to assist government.”
He refuted claims that home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo gave an interview to any media institution.
Chifuta stated that the story was the creation of desperate individuals seeking political acceptance and relevance on the expense of truth.
“The ministry hereby wishes to disassociate itself from the concocted article and warns the people behind these stories to stop the act as the behaviour amounts to criminality. It must be stated from the onset that the Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Stephen Kampyongo did not give an interview to any media house and discuss issues as contained in the article,” he stated.
Chifuta also refuted assertions about the K60,000 mentioned and 1,500 police officers alleged to have been deployed in Chawama operation saying it was purely the imaginations of the author.
He appealed to individuals, NGOs and political institutions to follow procedures whenever they are intending to make donations.
“As a ministry, we are appealing to media houses and individuals to respect media ethics, practice professional journalism and stop posting false information,” stated Chifuta. “The act amounts to criminality and warrants intensified investigations to establish the source for possible arrest and prosecution. Furthermore, we also appeal to individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations and political institutions to follow procedures whenever they are intending to make donations to avoid unnecessary clashes. The Ministry of Home Affairs shall remain firm and ensure that law and order is maintained and no illegality would be tolerated.” said Chifuta.