On Monday 4 July 2022, Zambia Reports published a picture on their Facebook page depicting Republican President Hakainde Hichilema conferring with South-Africa based businessman, Mr. James Ndambo. The photo is purported to have been taken during President Hichilema’s five days working visit to Southern Province that started on Sunday 3 July, 2022, a day after Mr. Ndambo hosted My Hometown Beauty Pageant on Saturday 2 July 2022, in Choma. The Beauty Pageant is said to have been wholly funded by Mr. Ndambo.
After this, various media houses circulated the photo showing the two together, fueling speculations that the photograph was taken during President Hichilema’s working visit. Mr. James Ndambo is founder of My Hometown (MHT), a Choma-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) concerned with uplifting the welfare of people in Choma, his birthplace.