Times of Zambia annoys Chief Nalubamba

SENIOR Chief Bright Nalubamba says the Times of Zambia cooked up a story in its Tuesday edition in which he is quoted when he never granted an interview to the state-funded newspaper.
And a senior government official says it is saddening that government, using State House officials, is sending alarming messages that Southern Province is engulfed in chaos.
Reacting to Times of Zambia’s Tuesday lead story headlined ‘Spare Zambians lives’, chief Nalubamba said he never gave an interview to any journalist at the newspaper, but was called on the same day the story was published.
“I never spoke to any Times of Zambia journalist prior to Tuesday, I was shocked that after speaking to the journalist, other chiefs started calling me to find out what I meant. How possible is it that one can issue a statement on Tuesday morning when the paper is already on the street, and it makes it into that day’s edition? This is annoying,” chief Nalubamba said.
He has since challenged Times of Zambia to print out a verbatim of his interview with the journalist and explain where it was done.
Chief Nalubamba has also vowed never again to issue an interview to the public media.
And a senior government officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said Namwala was peaceful, contrary to what was being reported by the public media.
“We had Eddie Mwanaleza come here and next we saw were screaming headlines of ethnic cleansing. This is alarming the nation and must be stopped. Namwala is very peaceful and most of the towns I have visited since August 11 are all peaceful. The government is alarming the nation,” the source said.
The source added that the falsehood which was being perpetrated by the public media was meant to get Zambians to sympathise with President Edgar Lungu.
“These are all lies aimed at making Zambians believing in president Lungu and not HH,” source said.
Source: Post Newspaper

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