Reacting to a story in today’s edition of the Post Newspaper under the headline “$36, 000 goes missing in Rupiah’s bedroom Mr. Banda’s office said in statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that no such kind of money has ever gone missing from the Mr. Banda’s New Kasama house in recent times.
The office of the former Fourth Republican President has since described the story is a total fabrication by the authors.
It said Mr. Banda has also never reported or sent any agent to any police station to report any such kind of missing money.
“In any case, the President’s house is guarded by state security who should have been the first ones to be informed if any money had been missing at the residence,” read the statement in part.
It said it was ironic to have the case reported at Woodlands Police Station without the knowledge of the former President’s bodyguards and the VIP protection unit stationed at his house.
Mr. Banda’s office has since demanded that, in the spirit of responsible Journalism the Post retracts the story and apologise to him and the nation for misleading them with has been described as blatant lies.
The Office of the former President has also called upon journalists to verify with Woodlands Police Station or any police station to ascertain the truth on whether or not such a report was ever reported by Mr. Banda or any of his agents.
Meanwhile the former president’s office has described as erroneous the caption on the front page picture of today’s edition of the Post suggesting that Mr. Banda lives in his personal house in New Kasama.
Mr. Banda’s office says the house is private and is being rented by the Zambian government on behalf of the Former President as per his retirement benefits.
It further stated that Mr. Banda does not own that house as portrayed by the Post Newspaper adding that the Zambian government is yet to build a house for the former President.