On 20 January 2023, the Zambian Bulletin Facebook page published a post claiming that Mr. Chibamba Kanyama had been appointed Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA). A similar post was shared on various other Facebook pages, including Zed Tabloid, Citizens Edge, Smart Eagles, and others, which congratulated Mr. Kanyama on his appointment. All the pages did not quote Mr Kanyama or any official source.
Through its fact checking process, iVerify Zambia has established as unproven the claim by the Zambian Bulletin and other Facebook pages that Mr. Chibamba Kanyama had been appointed as Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).
iVerify Zambia contacted Mr. Kanyama who explained that he had not received any official government communication on his appointment as Ambassador to the USA as claimed by some Facebook pages.
Furthermore, iVerify Zambia’s verdict was based on the fact that there had been no official government statement or swearing-in ceremony by the President to validate the alleged appointment of Mr. Kanyama as Ambassador.
Therefore, the claim that Mr. Kanyama had been appointed Zambia’s Ambassador to the USA was unproven as there was no evidence to substantiate it.