On September 7 2022, Eagle One Zambia Facebook page published a post claiming that Chellah Tukuta, the former Presidential Photographer, has been kicked out of the State House for exposing and condemning LGBTQ practice at the just ended Lusaka July fashion event that was held on September 3 2022.
iVerify Zambia’s fact-checking process has determined as false the claim that Mr Tukuta has been kicked out of the State House for exposing and condemning LGBTQ practice. According to Ministry of Information and Media Spokesperson Thabo Kawana who confirmed on Power FM Youth Radio stated that Mr Tukuta has been redeployed as one of the supporting staff at the Zambian embassy in Brazil. Mr Kawana further stated that this follows his request to the appointing authority that he be sent into foreign service as one of the supporting staff as he is currently undergoing a diplomatic induction at the training school in Lusaka. Furthermore, Mr Tukuta on his Facebook page thanked the President for promoting him to diplomat.