CHIEF Ntambu of the Lunda people of Mwinilunga district in North-Western Province has dismissed as lies reports by The Post that quoted him disparaging Government.
The traditional leader said yesterday that the story published in The Post yesterday quoting him was a “total fabrication”.
Chief Ntambu said he could not sink so low to insult the government as reported by The Post.
“Up to now I am still shocked that some people can go to such levels to manipulate the truth because this story was a total fabrication and I never, never uttered those words and I want to refute that story,” he said.
He said he is a Christian and that he respects the political leadership of the country and the government of the day.
Chief Ntambu said the story was a distortion of the truth and must not be taken seriously.
Chief Ntambu said he would not insult the government even if he was under pressure.
The traditional leader explained that The Post reporter who identified himself as Frederick Misebezi, who phoned him to interview him, wanted to find out about the state of the health facilities and staffing levels in the clinics.
He said the reporter later asked him to comment on the national day of repentance, prayer and fasting.
Chief Ntambu said the only challenges he highlighted were the bad state of the Makung’u-Ntambu road, which also leads to Chief Sailunga’s area, and not what was reported in the newspaper.
He said he told the reporter that Kalumbila Mine had given him about 11,000 litres of diesel in response to his request to be used on works on the road.
Chief Ntambu said on the day of prayer and fasting set for tomorrow, he questioned what the country would pray for because he was not aware about it and at that point, the reporter cut the line even before they could conclude their conversation.
He said he was shocked to read what was reported in the newspaper because at no point had he uttered such words.
The traditional leader said he would continue to work with the government of the day to speed up development in his area.
Chief Ntambu also commended the government for giving Luwi Rural Health Centre two ambulances to improve the referral system in the area.