Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Dickson Jere on Wednesday challenged opposition leader Micheal Sata to be truthful with his statements instead of dragging innocent people into unnecessary politics.
Jere said it was unfortunate that Mr. Sata has now decided to use him as a scapegoat for his lies he told the nation that Chadian President Idris Derby had sneaked into Zambia to hold talks with His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia in Mfuwe.
Jere challenged Mr. Sata to name any editor or reporter from Times of Zambia whom he telephoned and instructed to drop the story concerning the purported visit by President Derby. Jere said he never telephoned Times of Zambia or indeed any other news media to drop the story concerning the so-called secret visit of President Derby.
“The truth still remains that President Derby was never in Zambia. I challenge Mr. Sata and indeed the media to countercheck this basic fact with the Chadian Government,” Jere said.
Mr. Sata was quoted in the Wednesday, July 7, 2010 edition of The Post Newspaper as saying Jere stopped the Times of Zambia from reporting the story of the Chadian leader who had allegedly sneaked into Zambia and held a meeting with President Banda over oil deal.
Jere said the best thing for Mr. Sata to do is to apologize to the nation for his untruthful statement as opposed to creating more misleading statements that the Times of Zambia was stopped from publishing the purported visit of the Chadian leader.