New Vision Newspaper urged to retract article alleging President Lungu being second richest Zambian
State House has called on the New Vision Newspaper to retract an article it published yesterday on February 23rd alleging that President Edgar Lungu is the second richest Zambian according to the Forbes magazine ranking.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public relations, Amos Chanda said President Lungu was upset with the article as it was defamatory and false in nature.
Mr. Chanda said the President has since asked the New Vision Newspaper to retract the article and apology to him.
The story in the New Vision Newspaper suggesting that Forbes has rated president Edgar Lungu as the second richest person in the country is purely concocted, a forgery said Mr Chanda, before adding that Forbes have denied ever making such a publication.
Addressing Journalists in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Chanda said that it is not true that the president Lungu is worth $400 000 millions as purported by New Vision Newspaper.
“It has turned out as a forgery because Forbes have declined that this thing which is attributed to them is not from them. It (The headline in New Vision) is saying that ‘Lungu, Zambia’s Second richest person – Forbes’. We have contacted Forbes and they are saying this is not their publication,” explained Mr Chanda
He disclosed that President Edgar Lungu is extremely aggrieved by the story which was carried in the Friday edition of the Vision Newspaper.
He explained that the president does not have that kind of money he has directed the newspaper to retract the story and apologise to the head of state.
Mr Chanda described as an unfortunate the level of unprofessionalism exhibited by some media organisations, Saying this kind of conduct undermines the relationship between media and goverment.
Mr. Chanda said it is sad that some media houses have resolved to fabricate false stories with a view to destroy the President’s reputation.
He stated that it is worrying especially that the story has been published by a reputable media house.
Mr. Chanda added that it is untrue that President Lungu is worthy 400 million United States dollars or has such investment as quoted in the article.
He stressed that the article is false in its totality as the President has no investment in the Sacana trucks.
The Presidential Aid has appealed to media houses to refrain from peddling lies in the name of practicing journalism.