President Edgar Lungu is saddened by the continued abuse of social media by some disgruntled people in the country.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe said it is clear that the continued abuse of social media is aimed at diverting people’s attention from real development issues that the government has embarked on.
Mr. Chipampe said the Head of State is concerned that if this trend is left unchecked, it may deginerate into unnecessary conflicts.
The Presidential Spokesperson said this recentlywhen he featured on ZNBC’s “Morning Live Program”.
He indicated that some people are painting Zambia black to the international community because of what is being shared on social media.
Mr. Chipampe called for civility in the use of social media.
Mr. Chipampe stated that the abuse of social media has potential to affect direct investment hence the need to use it prudently.
He said there is an urgent need for patriotism in order to transform the country.
Mr. Chipampe guided that social media should be used to market the country and attract more investment.
And on the pictures circulating on social media of ZNBC Sports Reporter Chiko Mukoka being attacked, the Head of State expressed concern that this is inhuman.
Mr. Chipampe said the President wants to see all Zambians to start treating mental health challenges like any other condition and not discriminate them.
Mr. Chipampe since advised ZNBC management to see how they can help Chiko with any necessary help they can render to him.
The Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations also said the gesture by President Lungu and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili to greet each other during the commemoration of Zambia’s 55th Independence Anniversary is good for the country’s unity.