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PRESS RELEASE – RESPONSE TO MISLEADING COVID-19 FOOD BASKET CIRCULATING VIDEO – MONARCH LOCATION IN FRANCISTOWN

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development wishes to inform the public that the video clip circulating on social media platforms of a seemingly distressed Francistown woman at the height of COVID-19 food relief programme is false and misleading.

It is an intension to discredit the noble response of the Government to buttress the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The woman was assessed for eligibility to receive the COVID-19 Food Relief package and she received her food packages on 7th May 2020 and 13th May, 2020.

Once again, the Ministry wishes to encourage all members of the public to desist from deliberately or inadvertently sharing any information that may cause anxiety and harm, especially during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you.

[Signed]

B. Khumomatlhare

PERMANENT SECRETARY

ENQUIRIES

Communications Office

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development

Telephone: 3658467

Mobile; 72115020

mramakgati@gov.bw

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