Lusaka Times Publishes Audio After Siliya Claims Fake News
Lusaka Times has today published an audio recording of the Italian Ambassador to Zambia Filippo Scammacca cautioned the country against accruing more debt during a phone interview with Hot FM.
This comes after Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya dismissed a story published by the news platform on the matter last week as fake news.
The original article read as follows:
“Italian government cautions Zambia against accruing more debt from the international market
The Italian government has cautioned Zambia against accruing more debt from the international market to levels where they can struggle to repay it.
Italian Ambassador to Zambia Filippo Scammacca said it is important for Zambia to avoid the over expansion of debt because it can create more problems for the country.
Ambassador Scammaca said told Hot FM News in an interview that Italy is one of the heavily indebted countries in the world and Zambia should not follow suit.
He said Zambia must not borrow too much and follow Italy’s bad experience but strive to keep the debt within manageable levels.
Zambia’s external debt stock currently stands at 9.51 Billion US dollars.”
The extract is available to listen to at https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/11/26/audio-of-italian-ambassador-to-zambia-commenting-on-debt-in-an-interview-with-hot-fm/