The family of former Attorney General Ralph Kasambara has expressed anger at what it calls a “false and malicious” news article currently circulating on Facebook and online publications linked to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), alleging that Kasambara has condemned the recent ruling by Justice John Chirwa to suspend Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda over Zambia maize import deal.
According to family representative, lawyer Michael Goba Chipeta, their relative was very shocked with the fake news when they asked him about it during a routine family visit on Saturday.
He said, following the development, the family proceeded to ask his lawyers to issue a statement, which has also been made available to Nyasa Times.
Says the statement:“In relation to published sentiments purporting to have come from our Mr Raphael Kasambara SC about a matter now before the Hon Mr Justice J M Chirwa in the Mzuzu Registry of the High Court of Malawi and concerning the Presidency, the Honorable Attorney General and the Honorable Minister of Agriculture, we would like to state in the strongest possible fashion that our client did not, cannot, and will not comment on this or any matter that is before the courts until his present circumstances are determined to finality.”
The statement goes on to say that the entire article was “cooked up” for purposes of linking Kasambara to issues that are of no benefit to him.
“Any comments attributed to our relative in the above regard are no more than a lamentable and unjustifiable attempt at trying to bring our client into contact with issues that are of no consequence to him.
“We therefore urge all and sundry to disregard the comments in so far as they purport to emanate from Mr Raphael Kasambara SC.
“It is our sincere hope that those who authored the fictitious article and comments will henceforth desist from doing so,” says the statement.
The false news article was first published on Facebook page of one Chambo Bomba, a known DPP cadet before being picked up by DPP online propaganda and misinformation publications.