CAROLINE KALOMBE and KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga says Government is working with the Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) and
Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to curb the spread of fake news on various social media platforms.
Ms Mulenga, who is chief government spokesperson, told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that the move is aimed at protecting the peace and security of the country.
She is saddened by growing trend by some unpatriotic Zambians who disseminate fake news on social media platforms with potential to harm the country.
Ms Mulenga said her ministry and that of Transport and Communication will, through ZICTA, ensure perpetrators of fake news are brought to book.
“If you love your country and you want the truth, we have print and broadcast media. Those online media publishing fake news which is reaching the international community do not love this country,” she said.
Ms Mulenga urged the people not to rely on news on social media but to ensure they verify whatever information they come across on such platforms for them to be well-informed and make informed decisions.
She said it is the duty of every Zambia to be patriotic and defend the country.
Meanwhile, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe has called for stronger collaborations among industries, Government and universities in improving scientific research to spur economic diversification through industrialisation.
Ms Mwanakatwe said heavy investment in research can find solutions to various challenges that the country is facing.
She said this when she officiated at the government-university-industry research meeting in Lusaka yesterday.
And speaking at the same function, UNZA deputy vice chancellor Enala Mwase said the meeting is meant to bring UNZA and CBU closer to Government and industries so as to entrench public universities into the development agenda of both the public and private sector.