On 9th September, 2021, the Patriotic Front facebook page published a story claiming that UPND chairperson Steven Katuka had allegedly been extorting money from businessmen seeking favours or protection. It further claims that Mr Katuka and other senior leaders have allegedly extorted millions of kwacha and this has led to social media bloggers such as Nigerian prophet Seer 1 (Andrew Ejimandu) and Musamba Mumba to expose the alleged scandal.
The iVerify fact-checking process has determined as unproven the claim that the UPND chairperson has been extorting money from businessmen seeking favours or protection. The article claims that Nigerian prophet Seer 1 allegedly exposed the scandal, yet contrary to what was claimed, Seer 1 referred to “some top UPND officials”, without mentioning names. He did threaten to expose names if the act persists. The iVerify team made efforts to reach Blogger Musamba Mumba, but unfortunately without success. The iVerify team further called the Drug Enforcement Commission to substantiate if indeed such acts of money extortion had been received. In response, the Drug Enforcement Commission Public Relation Officer Mr. Kamanga stated that the Commission had not received an official report concerning the case. The iVerify fact checking team attended a press briefing organized by the UPND spokesperson Mr. Cornelius Mwitwa and attended by the UPND Chairperson Mr. Steven Katuka who was asked to give his position concerning the allegations, which he denied. He also challenged those that made the allegations to report the matter to the police and provide evidence. In conclusion, the evidence at the disposal of the iVerify team at this point in time is inconclusive and more research would be needed.