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Fake news is deplorable

Fake news is deplorable

Staff Reporter


REPORTS that the Founding President of Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma has suffered a setback with his health are baseless and unwarranted.


The Namibian Presidency in a statement said there was absolutely nothing to be concerned about regarding former President Nujoma’s health.


“He is in good condition the rumours doing the rounds are fake and must be considered as disinformation.”


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Pictured: Founding President of Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma. Photo: File


Dr Nujoma was hospitalised late last year after contracting COVID-19. He was discharged from the hospital in the second week of December 2020 and has since made a full recovery.


“The Presidency wishes to assure the nation that the Founding President is doing well and there is absolutely nothing that should be of concern to citizens. Therefore, it is wholly deplorable that there are malicious individuals who are peddling fake news, misinformation and disinformation about the health of the Founding President,” the statement reads.


According to the statement, such acts are nothing, but an attack on the integrity of the Founding President, who should be allowed the necessary privacy without undue conjecture and rumour-mongering about his health.


According to the statement, Dr Nujoma gave up his youth and sacrificed immensely in the fight for the liberation of Namibia, a feat achieved on 21 March 1990, and at great cost in terms of brave and innocent lives lost, including other material damage.


It deserves further emphasis that the Founding President worked tirelessly to build and develop an independent Namibia, a task he performed with extraordinary ability until retirement on 20 March 2005.


“In light of these significant contributions to our well being as Namibians, the least to be done is to extend the necessary courtesies and respect to a national icon. The undesirable speculation about the health of the Founding President is lamentable and should seize forthwith,” the statement reads.


The Presidency wishes to encourage the Namibian public to desist from relying on fake news sources and gossip, whose objective is polluted disinformation, and only with the objective of creating undue panic within the population.


“The Namibian Government is committed to transparency and accountability, which implies a robust commitment to informing the Namibian public about significant developments in the country. Therefore, for social cohesion, Namibians are encouraged to remain vigilant in the fight against fake news and misinformation, and only rely on verified sources of information,” the statement reads


At the same time, the Sam Nujoma Foundation also issued a statement to dispel the malicious rumours and to assure the public that the Founding President is well and still on holiday.


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