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ZAFFICO has not been sold; it’s fake news created by overzealous Opposition-Dora Siliya

Government has reaffirmed that Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) has not been sold.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says assertions that ZAFFICO has been sold are untrue as they are merely schemes by overzealous opposition to create lies to show that the country is being auctioned to the Chinese.

“Government wishes to assure all citizens that it will continue to cooperate with the international community for the development of the country, it will not auction national assets, ” says Ms Siliya.

The Chief Government spokesperson who is also Information and Broadcasting Services minister explains in the same statement that President Edgar Lungu’s administration runs an open and transparent door policy and shall not shy away from informing the nation on key national developments.

“Citizens are urged to treat the latest wave of lies by the opposition with the contempt it deserves, “ says Ms Siliya in the statement.

She further maintained that government emphasises that ZAFFICO has not been sold and Government is not in any negotiations with any investor to sell the company.

The Timber Association, who are major stakeholders in the industry, are further advised to engage the IDC on any matters concerning ZAFFICO.

Last month, the opposition claimed that Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has been sold when to the contrary.

Facts are that the arrangement between ZNBC and Startimes is a business model to form company known as Topstar translating that the broadcaster cannot be sold.

 

Below is the full statement

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON, HON. DORA SILIYA, MP, ON CLAIMS THAT ZAFFICO HAS BEEN SOLD

5th November, 2018

Government wishes to inform the nation that ZAFFICO has not been sold and, like other Zambian parastatals, the timber processing company is still under the Industrial Development Corporation which is a state conglomerate.

This statement has been necessitated because of yet another wave of ‘fake news’ from the opposition that the timber company has been sold to the Chinese. While Government is comforted by the fact that by now citizens are aware of the scheme by the opposition to create lies to show that the country is being auctioned to the Chinese, Government is also aware that a lie repeated several times tends to be believed by some people.

Government wishes to assure all citizens that while it will continue to cooperate with the international community for the development of the country, it will not auction national assets. His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s administration shall not shy away from informing the nation on key national developments because it runs an open and transparent Government.

Therefore, citizens are urged to treat the latest opposition lies with the contempt they deserve. The Timber Association, who are major stakeholders in the industry, are further advised to engage the IDC on any matters concerning ZAFFICO.

Government emphasises that ZAFFICO has not been sold and Government is not in any negotiations with any investor to sell the company.

source: lusakatimes

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