Monday, June 17, 2024

State House Chief Communications Specialist denies allegations of First Lady owning mine in Mkushi

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State House Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, has issued a statement refuting allegations that the First Lady of Zambia, Muntinta Hichilema, owns a mine in the Mkushi region. In his statement, Hamasaka stated:

“There is a false and malicious media report alleging that the First Lady Madam Mutinta Hichilema owns a mine in Mkushi…False and malicious in the sense that the First Lady Mrs. Hichilema does not own any mine anywhere, not even under proxies.”

Hamasaka went on to describe the First Lady as “largely reserved and conservative” and “content with what she has always been before becoming the First Lady”. He added that “being materialistic and throwing her privileged position around to acquire wealth such as owning a mine, is out of her character.”

Hamasaka expressed concern over the conduct of the media that published the story, stating:

“When I first saw the news clip, I thought it was one of those social media concoctions where someone just made up a report and falsely attributed it to a radio station…In my more than 25 years of journalism training and practice, it is a bare minimum requirement for a journalist to balance stories by giving an opportunity to the accused to equally give their side of the story.”

He further stated that “reckless reporting without due regards to professional ethics and standards” is regrettable, and urged media houses to uphold professional standards in their reporting. He warned that such baseless accusations could cause public discontent and hatred against the First Family and the government at large.

Hamasaka reminded the media that the president has been emphasizing the need for freedom of expression and letting the media operate in a free environment, but this should not be a license for reckless reporting. He called on media houses to verify their information before publishing stories that could damage the reputation of individuals and institutions.

In conclusion, Hamasaka reiterated that the First Lady does not own a mine in Mkushi, and he called on the media to verify their information before publishing stories that could damage the reputation of individuals and institutions. He warned that such baseless accusations could cause public discontent and hatred against the First Family and the government at large.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Is this wheh you are finding out ? We already knew about this but when we tell you, we are called liars and all sorts of names. Hh is stealing

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  2. So, officially, he is acting as Presidential Spokesperson with a fancy title? In other words, Anthony Bwalya kicked the dust to pave way for Hamasaka….

  3. No one has enough money on this planet , look to what we are seeing the rich getting richer and the poor being pushed into more severe poverty .
    People said it , as if they saw it coming through the lenses now it has arrived , Tasila Lungu Mwansa was the first Zambian girl to buy a bank .
    This government is riddled with scandals just look at the Lusaka duo carriage way being privatised , just think of toll fees for 25 years by a private firm how much money will this private individual will getting , the dropping of visa fees for Europeans and Americans while poor Zambians are being heaviy taxed, we have a strange government

  4. But those were UPND cadres/youths that were complaining, so what is this tribal f00l talking about? Also those of us who’ve know you for over 20 years know that you are a useless journalist/lecturer and a tribalist to the core! When you were at Evelyn Hone College the only things you were good at was playing around with college girls and organising trips to the Kuomboka and Mutomboko traditional ceremonies. So please do us a favour and zip it!!!

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