STATE House has rubbished media reports that President Edgar Lungu was booed in Livingstone on Thursday and has described the Post Newspaper as a conveyor of falsehoods in its feeble attempt to cause regime change.
Special assistant to the President and public relations Amos Chanda said the Post Newspaper which reported that President Lungu was booed in Livingstone had perfected the art of propagating falsehoods in their skewed campaign to malign the Head of State.
Mr Chanda told journalists at State House yesterday that while it was not the tradition of the presidency to react to false prints by the Post Newspaper, it was important that records were set straight so that Zambians were correctly informed.
He said it had been the
norm for the Post Newspaper to publish lies and an exception in the few times that the newspaper had published the truth about State House and other citizens.
Mr Chanda said the Post’s untruthful reports had become a matter of concern and that many sources the newspaper had quoted to malign and slander the presidency had been to State House to complain as well as deny the reports.
He said contrary to the story in the Post Newspaper, President Lungu received awesome reception in Livingstone as the Head of State slowly drove along Mosi-O-Tunya Road as many onlookers and bystanders excitedly waved at the Head of State.
Mr Chanda said State House was ready to release the video of President Lungu’s visit to Livingstone to show Zambians that the Post Newspaper was lying and that if the newspaper had counter footage, its editors were free to cause its airing.
“It is not our usual business to pay attention to what the Post publishes and we do not want to react to what they say. The Post Newspaper is saying that President Lungu was booed in Livingstone. They have perfected their art of propagating falsehoods and their lies have become a matter of concern. The President had a warm reception in Livingstone as the residents lined up to cheer the Head of State. The President will not be dragged into their frustrations and will continue to enjoy the support of Zambians,” he said.
Mr Chanda explained that the Post had been pontificating righteousness and that it was sacrilegious for the editors of the newspaper to behave as if they had exclusive rights to the truth.
He said the Post often claimed they put God first in their actions but their deeds were perverse, adding that most of the sources they had used to malign President Lungu and to propagate hatred had complained to State House.