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Party calls for clamp down on individuals abusing social media platforms


The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has called on security agencies to clamp down on social media misinformation.

Party acting Secretary-General, Joyce Musenge, expressed displeasure with the continued trend of misinformation on social media.

Musenge in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday noted that this was despite Zambia having adequate pieces of legislation to check the practice.

She called on the Zambia Information, Communications and Technology Authority and the Police to bring culprits to book in order to bring sanity in Zambia’s cyber space.

“Of particular concern to MDC is the recent misinformation regarding party president, Felix Mutati, where unscrupulous people attempted to misinform the public,” Musenge said.

She noted that some mischievous people insinuated that Mutati was among a drug dealing syndicate in which the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) recently rounded up suspects.

Musenge said on Friday, the DEC published a statement relating to an operation that led to the clamp down on a notorious drug lord in Lusaka’ Chibolya compound.

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“In the process, a named Felix Mutati aged 19 of John Laig compound was arrested in relation to the drug dealing activities,” she stated.

Musenge said some unscrupulous people deliberately with malice to bring the name of Mutati into disrepute twisted the facts by alleging that he was the one arrested in connection with drug related charges

She warned that the deliberate ploy to mislead and misinform the public was a serious crime under the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes law and that individuals peddling such falsehoods should face consequences of the law.

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