President Edgar Lungu chats with Newly appointed First Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala (2nl) and second Speaker of the National Assembly Mwemba Malama (l) shortly after swearing in Ceremony at State House
President Edgar Lungu chats with Newly appointed First Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala (2nl) and second Speaker of the National Assembly Mwemba Malama (l) shortly after swearing in Ceremony at State House
DEPUTY Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala yesterday ruled that the Zambian Government will not run its affairs based on information on social media.

This was after leader of the opposition Jack Mwiimbu raised a point of order to ask what Government was doing to protect its nationals in South Africa, following xenophobic information circulating on social media.

“In the last three days in South Africa, messages have been circulating on social media and other means, urging South Africans to rise against foreign nationals who have taken up their jobs,

“What is the Government doing to protect its nationals in South Africa taking into account the measures are supposed to take effect on November 2, 2017? And our people living in that country are concerned regarding to what is happening.

“We are aware that there has been xenophobia in South Africa. Why has Government remained quiet without advising Zambians in South Africa to take precautionary measures? Mr Mwiimbu asked.

But in her response, Ms Namugala indicated that not everything circulating on social media was true and therefore no Government could run its affairs based on such information.

She said no report of Xenophobic attacks on Zambians had been recorded at the Zambian mission in South Africa.

Ms Namugala however advised Zambians in South Africa who feel that their lives might be in danger to report to the mission in Pretoria. “Leaders of the opposition, I have a difficult because the basis of your information is social media and no other source. In today’s world, there is a lot circulating on social media, so I don’t think any self-respectful Government can run its affairs based on social media information,

“Further, you are aware that the Zambian Government is represented in South Africa through a mission and if indeed Zambian nationals feel that they are facing any danger, it is only prudent that they report to the mission in that country,” Ms Namugala said.

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  1. But why is that Jack Mwiimbu and other Zambian politicians always seem concerned when they are xenophobic attacks on Zambians living in South Africa only? Don’t they read on the same Social Media that Zambian students in China and India going through the same thing. I have never heard any MP highlighting the plight of zambian students who the Government has abadoned in Asian countries and have resorted to prostitution and dancing in the streets to survive.

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    • Is that what is happening? they like those in South Africa they should do as advised by the Depute Speaker. go to the mission. This is social media too.

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  2. For all the stick PF is getting, along comes the oppsition, IN PARLIAMENT, and asks a national matter based on social media??? What kind of leaders do we have??? What ineptitude is this??? They say iron polishes iron, for us wood trying to polish iron, how??? hh was on hardtalk talking about electoral reforms, don’t these 1.d.iots realise the power they possess in parliament??? Really pathetic and sad for the country. Thank you hon. Mugala.

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    • That parliament is a PF jungle with only PF thug rule….what opposition power are you talking about ? Have the PF ministers who attacked kambwili in parliament grounds been delt with ??

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    • iwe chi spaka like ito.le u a a dull cretin, blind supporting your god hh ….. wenyo Kambwili is still PF wailasha! and Jack Mumbwa mumbwa is their top legal mind. atase!

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  3. Catherine you’re a foolish woman. You would be very stupid to ignore information from social media. What you’re supposed to do is get the same information and ascertain if it’s indeed true, and then act on it. The problem is that you and your government are reactive in nature and not proactive. You want a Zambian to be killed and that’s when you realize that it’s true. I am not surprised at your response. Not long ago, we were told that Catherine Namugala couldn’t contest as MP in her former constituency because she doesn’t have a grade 12 school certificate and now they found a way of putting her back in parliament through an appointment as deputy speaker of the National assembly. Social media is a very important tool in this age.

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  4. Catherine you’re a f00lish woman. You would be very stup1d to ignore information from social media. What you’re supposed to do is get the same information and ascertain if it’s indeed true, and then act on it. The problem is that you and your government are reactive in nature and not proactive. You want a Zambian to be killed and that’s when you realize that it’s true. I am not surprised at your response. Not long ago, we were told that Catherine Namugala couldn’t contest as MP in her former constituency because she doesn’t have a grade 12 school certificate and now they found a way of putting her back in parliament through an appointment as deputy speaker of the National assembly. Social media is a very important tool in this age.

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  5. what about xenophobia in Namwala. we have our our issuses here. lets talk bout cutting down zesco pylons in sp. ripping rail lines. burning markets.

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  6. if u5 won why do you have less than 50% mps .

    there is a direct positive colleration between presidential and parliamentary election

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    • listern. pf didn have majority mp because mmd,and upendi put together number of mp was,more

      honestlly how can someone reason like that. thats why we call his party u5

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  7. Social media is here to stay. Even His excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu uses social media to communicate with his followers. He has a facebook page among others. Is Namugala saying we shouldnt trust what is posted on President Lungus page?

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    • But we have an Embassy in South Africa – why can’t Mwiimbu report his communication with our Embassy in South Africa if he is truly concerned?

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