Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali has distanced himself from the Facebook account in his name and bearing his pictures, saying it is the work of mischievous people.
The account was created at the time President Joyce Banda picked Trade Minister Sosten Gwengwe to be her running mate and disclosing that Kachali’s “contract” as the country second in command ends on May 20.
Ministry of Information said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Kachali did not run any Facebook account.
“The Office of the Vice President is informing the general public that a Facebook account bearing the official emblem and name of the State Vice President, Rt. Honourable Khumbo Hastings Kachali, is false and does not belong to the Vice President,” reads the statement.
“The Office is completely disassociating itself from the Facebook account and urges the public and media in particular, to disregard its existence and association with the Vice President,” said the statement.
Some sections of the media have been quoting the statements on the account.
“The truth of the matter is that the Vice President does not run or operate any Facebook account,” the statement from the VP said.
Government said “it should be taken into account that the non-existence of cyber laws in the country should not be taken as a passport to misrepresent facts and opinions of citizens using the social media platform.”
President Joyce Banda had in the past also disowned Facebook accounts bearing her names and images but now she has an official Facebook page which is called ‘State House Malawi’.