Health authorities in Zambia on Monday denied reports that independence celebrations have been canceled due to an outbreak of cholera in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
Zambia will commemorate its 53rd independence anniversary on Tuesday, October 24.
But a statement circulating on social media purporting to be from the Ministry of Health said the celebrations have been canceled due to the cholera outbreak, with 120 cases recorded so far.
But Ministry of Health Spokesperson Maximillian Bweupe said the statement should be ignored because it was fake.
“The ministry categorically wishes to distance itself from this fake news, and further encourage all media houses to ignore the statement, bearing a fake name of the spokesperson,” he said.
“We further urge the pubic to dismiss the statement with the contempt it deserves,” he added.
Zambia will mark its 53rd independence celebration with the main event expected to take place in the country’s capital where President Edgar Lungu has invited Botswana President Ian Khama as guest of honor. Enditem