Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Government to ask Facebook to shutdown Fake Ministers’ Pages


Dora Siliya
Dora Siliya

Government has directed the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to write to Facebook, asking the US social media giant to close down a number of fake pages which were created by crooks in the name of government ministers and even the president to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya said the government has unearthed a scam in which about 155 fake Facebook accounts have been created in the name of President Edgar Lungu and another 434 in the names of ministers and other senior officials by fraudsters.

“So far about 49 cases have been discovered and as government we are aware that there could be so many other fake Facebook accounts fraudsters have created through which they are defrauding people,” she said during her weekly press briefing.

Siliya, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the Zambia Information and Communications Technology has been directed to write to Facebook to close down the accounts and urged citizens to be careful on how they use social media as fraudsters have invaded the social media space.


  1. When you look at the many challenges our nation is grappling with, then you look at area these officials are channelling their energies, such as this senseless issue, ONE CAN REALLY CRY.

  2. There is one ***** who poses as H.E on Facebook and offers diplomatic jobs when you chat with him on messenger. One day i told him off after realizing that i was chatting with a Presidential impostor and he has never responded. Shut them down, there are so many fake ministerial and presidential Facebook accounts.

    • Only a fooool can not tell which is a fake account…have they got better things to do like say improving services provided by networks who are stealing from customers

  3. I agree with Jay Jay. You can tell which one is a fake or genuine account. Only a childish person would be mislead

  4. You shut down one today, tomorrow thousands can be created. These things happen every minute even for President of USA. What you need is knowledge to keep these things in check. This is hi-tech world that everyone has embraced, you just have to up your technological competence – not writing letters to Facebook who has millions of users. When are they likely to answer you? and then tomorrow you write another letter when the crooks create more similar fake pages???

  5. This is what happens in failed States where rule of law has completely broken down.
    I blame P.F & Jona Chakolwa, as they have created a norm where for one to get a meaningful well paying job, one has to become a silly Bootlicking Cadre sycophant.
    In functioning non failed states, where institutions function, one would NEVER need to go through politicians to get employed, as you apply for the job that interests you, go for an interview & wait.
    Imagine going to Angela Merkel, or Theresa May asking for a job? You would be quickly taken to the nearest mental health instruction.

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