Newly appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokeperson, Dora Siliya, has said that the impression created by some local journalists that President Edgar Lungu condones and encourages theft by public servants is wrong.
In her first statement released to the Media, Ms Siliya said that President Lungu swore to defend the Zambian Constitution whose laws prohibit theft by public servants.
“Therefore, it is mischievous for any right thinking member of the public to twist, for political gain, a common Zambian adage that the President used to warn public servants against stealing, ” read the statement
Ms Siliya said the President was in fact cautioning public workers against corruption and emphasized the need for all public servants to be above board when performing their various functions.
“Which President in the world would encourage public workers or indeed citizens to steal?” she asked
Ms Siliya said that it was unfortunate that some politicians and journalists have banded together to promote fake news as a means to frustrate Government efforts to develop Zambia.
“The PF Government’s accelerated development agenda and programmes to fight poverty are unprecedented and this is what is driving enemies of Government to concoct stories aimed at misdirecting citizens from real issues,” she said
Ms Siliya advised international media to verify with Zambian missions in their localities, especially on some ludicrous stories sent from Zambia by their so-called correspondents.
“Zambia, like the rest of the world, is certainly not immune from fake news which undermines the credibility of journalists and other purveyors of information,” concluded the statement.
Earlier this week, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema warned President Edgar Lungu to desist from stealing public funds.
Commenting on sentiments by President Lungu that “ubomba mwibala alya mwibala”, Mr Hichilema said the remarks are a confirmation of Mr Lungu’s corruption and public theft.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND will stop President lungu from stealing anymore, soon.
“When a so called leader is corrupt, they do not care about the suffering masses, their preoccupation is to steal from government and steal more and more to enrich themselves,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “Clearly, watching and listening to the man, he literally says he will leave the government of Zambia bankrupt. Who says a thing like that”
Mr Hichilema stated that only a man who is preoccupation is self aggrandisement using public resources can utter such words.