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DEAL WITH RAMPANT CYBER-BULLYING, ZICTA CHALLENGED

By SIMON MUNTEMBA

THERE is urgent need for the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to deal with rampant cyber-bullying to restore sanity in the digital space, the Patriotic Front (PF) has said.

PF Lusaka province chairperson Kennedy Kamba said ZCTA should take action against some individuals that were bullying innocent people more especially women in politics.

Mr Kamba said his party was dismayed about the use unpalatable language online by  opposition leaders and their cadres against the PF Presidential running mate, Professor Nkandu Luo.

He said the opposition cadres and their leaders were patronising the social media to mock women in politics.

“We expect ZICTA and other relevant authorities to take keen interest in what is happening on social media and bring the law breakers to book. Leadership is not about beauty contest that we must begin to compare our physical appearance of our mothers. That behavior is very disappointing and it must be stopped,” Mr Kamba said.

He called on all Zambians to behave responsibly and not to propagate information that touches on the persona of fellow citizens.

Meanwhile, Mr Kamba said President Edgar Lungu has continued to inspire the party with his style of progressive leadership.

This is being done through promoting noble women by appointing them to top positions of leadership.

Mr Kamba who welcomed the appointment of Prof. Luo as a Presidential running mate, said she was the exact leadership and Vice-President level that the country needed.

He said being a highly qualified lawyer, President Lungu deserved the support of a strong woman like Prof Luo to deputise him.

Mr Kamba said Prof Luo was not only an experienced politician who has been in the political space for a long time, but also understood the political landscape of Zambia and her commitment to duty was unmatched.

“Her influence in the academic and political world is unmatched and goes beyond the borders of Zambia. We are confident that through her connections to the world she will promote and empower many women when she becomes Vice-President after August 12 this year,” he said.

He said the country would also benefit immensely from the great decision President Lungu made of picking her as a running mate.

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