POLICE in Eastern Province have recorded a warn and caution statement from an MMD cadre for allegedly spreading false rumours that President Michael Sata had died.
Provincial commissioner of police Grace Chipalila told Journalists in Chipata on Monday that although the police did not receive a formal complaint from the Patriotic Front (PF) officials, it had decided to pursue the case based on the available evidence.
Ms Chipalila identified the MMD cadre as Mercy Mvula, a worker at Chipata General Hospital. Some MMD officials in the province are alleged to have told residents of Vizenge Village during a recent campaign meeting for the Rukuzye ward by-election that the Republican president had died.
“We have recorded a warn and caution statement from Mercy Mvula who is an MMD cadre working at Chipata General Hospital for spreading false rumours that President Sata had died,” Ms Chipalila said. Ms Chipalila further said the police had also opened up other enquiries against a Zambian of Asian origin who is alleged to have defamed President Sata.
Ms Chipalila, who was flanked by her deputy Anderson Chengo, said a named Zambian of Asian origin allegedly defamed the president when Patriotic Front (PF) cadres went to buy chitenge material for their party’s election victory party.