Authorities of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly have refuted a false online news publication by Ghanaweb.com captioned; “ 11 Togolese have tested positive for Coronavirus in Kumasi”.
Though the editorial head of Ghanaweb per their usual professional modus referenced 3news.com as their source, officials of the assembly are saying that the content is a totally fallacy.
They further described it as an irresponsible publication which was maliciously fabricated to cause unnecessary anxiety to the people of Kumasi in a period of national distress.
According to a press release signed by the Public Relations Office for KMA Madam Henrieta Afia Kunadu Aboagye and copied to the office of leakynews.net, the Togelese were twelve in number and were traveling from Kwame Seikrom to Pwalugu and missed their bus at Race Course.
The information regarding their presence at the lorry terminal was immediately relayed to the Bantama Sub-metro Administrator by the station chairman.
The release went further to disclose that the Metro Health Team for COVID-19 was called in to take the sample of the twelve Togolese who were held up at the private residence in isolation.
A letter signed by the Metro Health Director to the Regional Immigrating and copied to the Metro Chief Executive indicated that all tests for COVID-19 on the twelve Togolese proved negative.
“The assembly has referred the said Togolese to the Ghana Immigration Service for action”, said the release.
Public Relations Officer for KMA in a wild toned statement announced that the assembly takes a strong exception to such unprofessional journalist adventures aimed at thwarting the effort of KMA and its Allied Agencies and Committees in the fight against COVID-19 in the metropolis.
“We wish to inform the general public to disregard the publication and treat it with all the contempt it deserves and be rest assured that any information concerning COVID-19 will be officially communicated through the Ministry of Information”.
By Enock Akonnor; Editor-in-chief