The Zambian High Commission in London has written to the Sunday Times protesting a story that claimed that President Edgar Lungu had moved to kill UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
In a statement, First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian mission in London, Abigail Chaponda, said an urgent meeting had been called with the Sunday Times.
The article in question appeared in the Sunday Times UK yesterday, February 10, headlined “Zambia’s President tries to kill opponent”.
“We feel disappointed that the newspaper sensationalised accusations made by the opposition leader and his political party. Such sensational headings are not just misleading but are in bad taste given the fact that the journalist did not verify her story,” she stated.
“We take exception to the fact that the newspaper saw it fit to publish false accusations from the political leader against a sitting Head of State bordering on libel and slander. In this regard, the Mission is requesting for an urgent meeting with the Sunday Times to discuss the matter and future relations. We wish to reiterate our commitment to responding to any queries from the media on issues relating to Zambia.”
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