Government has said that it is saddened by ‘the continued abuse of social media by sections of society describing it as appalling and undemocratic.’Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kampamba Mulenga says in view of this, the government is planning to introduce an act to be debated in parliament which is hoped will regulate and penalize those found wanting.
This move is eerily similar to that issued by former Dictator Robert Mugabe, who used it to prosecute anyone critical of him on social media.
Ms Kampamba said it was time social media was used for educating and promoting morals that will improve the country’s development and image. He said it is not the wish of government to stifle freedom of expression and the media but Zambians should be responsible in the manner they handle social media.
Ms Kampamba described as surprising at the continued attacks on the head of state by the opposition who always are looking faults in him.