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GOVERNMENT has rubbished reports that it intends to have United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema arrested if he continues making donations to help Government meet the needs of the people.

Ministry of Home Affairs public relations officer Nephas Chifuta said the story on Mr Hichilema’s arrest making rounds on social media was false.

Mr Chifuta warned the people behind fabricated social media stories to stop as such behaviour amounted to criminality.

He said in a statement that Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo had not given any interview to any media house to discuss the issues as contained in the social media article.

Mr Chifuta said the story was a creation of desperate individuals seeking political acceptance and relevance at the expense of truth.

He said the K60, 000 mentioned and 1, 500 police officers alleged to have been deployed in an operation in Chawama was purely the imaginations of the author.

“There is a false and malicious article circulating on social media alleging that Mr Hichilema risks being arrested if he continues making donations to assist Government. The ministry hereby wishes to disassociate itself from the concocted article and warns the people behind these stories to stop the act as the behaviour amounts to criminality,” Mr Chifuta said.

He appealed to such individuals to respect media ethics, practice professional journalism and stop posting false information on public platforms.

Mr Chifuta said social media abuse amounted to crime and warranted intensified investigations to establish the source for possible arrest and prosecution.

“We also appeal to individuals, non-governmental organisations and political institutions to follow procedures whenever they are intending to make donations to avoid unnecessary crashes,” he said. },t.isMemo=fun

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