Chakwera’s spin doctor denounces ‘fake news’ on social media: ‘State House cocktails  for Friday’s monthend’

State House director of communication and executive assistant to the President, Sean Kampondeni,  has expressed worry over the growing tendency of fake news on social media especially to do with the President.

State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni briefs members of the press on Presidential diary during the Weekly Brief in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
Cross section of Members of the Press captured at the State House Weekly Brief in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni briefs members of the press on Presidential diary during the Weekly Brief in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
Cross section of Members of the Press captured at the State House Weekly Brief in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango

Kampondeni said they will utilize the State House weekly brief to address such fake reports from social media carpers.

He brushed aside as fake news reports that Chakwera had organised a cocktail party at Kamuzu palace on Friday to disturb the public lecture function by vice president Saulos Chilima.

The President’s spin doctor however confirmed that the cocktails are organised every Friday of each month end  which Chakwera engages people from different sectors of Malawi society and last Friday it coincided with the public lecture on ‘Mindset Change’.

Chakwera cancelled the cocktail and attended the public lecture instead.

Statehouse Director of Communications and Executive Assistant to

Kampondeni, who is a son-in-law to President Chakwera,  said recently there has been a lot of “fake news” on social media relating to the Malawi leader.

“Social media is often abused to advance falsehood. Invitations to the cocktail had already been sent out before the President received an invitation to attend the VP’s public lecture and decided to cancel the cocktail in order to attend the VPs function,” he said.

Kampondeni further said that it is perfectly in order for the President to attend to different matters of state while the VP handles other matters and it is not a sign of conflict.

However, some social media commentators have said State House should not rush to wage dirty war against the freedom of expression but explain matters and admit when they are caught on the wrong side.

They argue that  the Chakwera press team are not the first at State House to attack social media platforms or to feel unfairly treated by it and advise them  not to take  a calculated and consistent policy of undermining, delegitimising and even endangering critics.

State House has been asked to desist from labeling factually accurate reports “fake news.”

The social media should be free to delve, analyse and scrutinise matters of the State as best it can and without fear.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

The cadets are responsible for this and we should expect more of this stupidity from them. The don’t believe that they lost and that they will never never come back to power.

Mofolo
Mofolo
7 months ago

Nkhuku yayamba kunyumwa madzira ake Omwe. This is what you sowed in the run up to the 2019 and the subsequent court sanctioned elections. You were masters of fake news and dirty practices including violence to ensure your master becomes President. You will face the same shit you were throwing at others. Nanga ma demo akayamba ofuna feteleza dikilani mvula siyinati. Hahaha feteleza wotchipa alikuti????

Mapopa
Mapopa
7 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Eti akudabwanso??? Wokha anayambitsa, nde aziti chaniso?? Umbuzi basi.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
7 months ago

do these weekly jamboree serve any purpose? I guess the members of the press go their just to while away time and may be get a small brown envelop

Njati
Njati
7 months ago

Koma for head of state kuti muzingoti zunguli zunguli ndi businessmen zizakuvutani kutsogolo.

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

A nation obsessed with Trivia.

Tan
Tan
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Tax payers money should never be labled trivia. Not Even mwk1.

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