‘ Lobola’ being abolished in Zambia by June 2017 reports are untrue

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STATEMENT ON FALSEHOOD CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA PURPORTING THAT GOVERNMENT HAS BANNED PAYMENT OF DOWRY (LOBOLA)
LUSAKA, 1st February, 2017- We would like to strongly refute the story circulating on social media alleging that, Home Affairs Minister, Honourable Stephen Kampyongo has issued a statement that ‘ Lobola’ will be abolished in Zambia by June 2017.

The statement further suggests that the Minister said that his ministry was working round the clock on a bill which, if passed will outlaw the practice of paying ‘Lobola.’
We urge members of the public to treat the malicious statement with the contempt it deserves as it is false and misleading.  At no time did the Minister issue such a statement and has no intention to do so.
We would like warn all those peddling these lies with the aim of misguiding the general public to desist or risk being arrested and prosecuted.

Levy Lilanga
Acting PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

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