By Venus N Msyani
Some Zambians are at all times on social media accusing president Hakainde Hichilema of incompetence. Is it social media abuse? Would strongly agree with those that argue that it’s not.
On Friday eleventh of March 2022, when delivering his first state of the nation handle to parliament on the appliance of nationwide values and ideas, President Hichilema threatened that UPND administration will vigorously implement legal guidelines on social media.
To justify his risk, the president is accusing social media of selling hate speech, cybercrime and bullying, and circulating faux information and obscene supplies. The identical excuse former Patriotic Entrance (PF) authorities used to muzzle social media.
It’s not clear which legal guidelines the Zambian president is referring to as his administration has not produced any cyber regulation but.
More often than not, the place there’s a regulation there’s a warning. By issuing a warning it means President Hakainde is able to implement present Patriotic Entrance (PF) crafted cyber legal guidelines.
These legal guidelines left Zambians who posted and commented on social media in a language that appeared to offend the earlier authorities reside in concern and UPND victory was a aid.
Sadly, not for a very long time. HH warning has tousled the aid. The president has planted the seed of concern. Social media followers will now not be capable of interact on social media freely.
It’s not true that Zambians are abusing social media. Hate speech, cybercrime and bullying, faux information and obscene supplies are scapegoats.
Most Zambians are on-line 24/7 due to disappointment. UPND is failing to ship change they prayed and voted for.
Defamation of the president regulation is perceived by most Zambians to undermine freedom of expression. However, UPND has opted to maintain it. Residents are being arrested for insulting HH. It’s not the change most Zambians voted for.
Selective battle towards corruption just isn’t the change most Zambians voted for. About 99% of corruption instances being delt with within the nation in the meanwhile contain the opposition. Not as a result of the remainder will not be corrupt however as a result of corruption allegations involving the brand new daybreak administration obtain no severe consideration.
Civil servants proceed to be harassed and attacked by cadres. It’s not the change Zambians prayed and voted for.
The president is now threating to vigorously implement condemned PF crafted cyber legal guidelines. Once more, it’s not the change Zambians prayed and voted for. The record is countless.
The purpose is that President Hakainde ought to let social media be. Spending 24/7 on-line accusing him of incompetence just isn’t social media abuse. It’s freedom of expression Zambians voted for on August twelfth 2021.