Police in Kitwe have questioned National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Youth Chairperson Charles Kabwita over a WhatsApp message purported to be impersonating National Development Planning minister Alexander Chiteme.

The Copperbelt Police commissioner Charity Katanga says Police are now looking for a Mr. Alexander Chalwe who is also on the same WhatsApp group for allegedly posting messages impersonating Mr. Chiteme.

Ms Katanga told ZNBC News in Kitwe that the messages posted on the group indicate that Mr. Chiteme has been leaking confidential information from state house to the WhatsApp group administered by Mr. Kabwita when in fact not.

But Mr. Kabwita, who spoke to ZNBC News at Kitwe Central Police Station after being questioned, accused Mr. Chiteme of having reported him to the Police.

The former Chimwemwe Ward Councillor said the WhatsApp group where he is an administrator has over 260 members and he does not know every member of the group.

Earlier, Nkana Constituency PF member of Parliament Alexander Chiteme reported National Democratic Congress national Youth Chairman Charles Kabwita for what he has called impersonation. According to Chiteme, Kabwita was impersonating his name on a WhatsApp blog to post anti-government statements.

Chiteme, on Monday October 8, 2018 reported Kabwita at Kitwe Central Police. According to police, Chiteme has accused Kabwita of using his name in a WhatsApp group to insult State House. The police say Chiteme complained about a WhatsApp group member using his name to post anti-state house statements.

But Kabwita said Chiteme was a joker who has failed to work.

“Yes, yesterday on Monday, I received a phone call from a Mr Harry Mukuni an officer at Kitwe Central Police. I was told to report at 15:00 hours and like a law abiding citizen I went to the police though they kept me for over an hour and half before their questioning. I went with our Secretary General (NDC) honorable Mwenya Musenge,” Kabwita said.

“There is a blog called ‘Top Secret pa Zed’ where am the chief administrator of the group. In that group someone has impersonated Chiteme and has been posting statements that were putting State House in disrepute. Honorable Chiteme then reported me to the police.”

He explained that he has no control of who joins the blog because joining is posted through links.

“I gave a statement to the police. Now I have no control of who joins the blog. I can post the link in different WhatsApp groups for anyone to join. So how do I know who has joined? There are a lot of people in the blog and I don’t know them all. The police wanted to find out if I can help with investigations, but I have refused because I font have control and they have the number of the said. Let them use the same number to go to ZICTA to find out who the person is.”

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    • So the PF have spies on the various WhatsApp group.

      They really should concentrate on the job they were elected to do, instead of keeping tabs on free speaking citizens.

      This is pure violation of privacy.

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    • imwe sure, there is work that the Police can do than investgating watsapp groups . Or maybe there is no work today, the Police on the Copperbelt are too entrenched in to these political issues

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    • The funny thing is they’re being investigated for insulting State house. Is insulting State house a crime? What happened to freedom of speech in Zambia? Is saying Lungu is clueless and corrupt a crime? This is why corruption never ends in Africa. Because corrupt people get shielded by the police and the courts too. Please find better things to investigate than that. Start looking for people stealing our poor people’s meager resources. Look for real criminals in government stealing our money and selling our country to foreigners, and stop harassing people who’re just exercising their freedom of speech and freedom of association.

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    • Zambian police should be investigating which police officers threw tear gas into a university hostel not wasting time

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    • Animo Farm invited a person and pretended they had nothing to do with it. When the person was denied entry in Zambia all animos went bezerk as though though someone had stolen animos in their farm. Later, news came out that the Farm had invited the person and the Farm had a hidden H-agenda. CHILDISH.

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  1. So what if they were impersonating a crook..its not like they got kickbacks from the Chinks meant for him…this social media era only a foool can duped.

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  2. IS IT A COINCIDENT THAT YOU DO NOT DELAY INVESTIGATING THE OPPOSITION, PLEASE STRIVE TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND WIN THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PUBLIC. INVEST MORE IN PROPER TRAINING, NOT TEAR GASES. THE COST OF TEAR GASES COULD BE MORE USED COULD THAN THE MEAL ALLOWANCES. PROMOTING JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND LOVE IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO MAINTAINING CONTINUED SECURITY AND PEACE.

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  3. Good defence Chiteme but do clean politics or else you will be in remand prison for some months to teach you a lesson

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  4. Please advertise the same link so that more youths join. I have more than 200 who have shown interest please. Time is up.

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  5. The Administrator can remove members from the group that are deemed unsuitable. Kabwita could have easily done this, but the fact that he enjoyed the postings of the contributor makes him guilty of impersonation. Be careful with what you do on line.

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  6. Showing vim and viger on useless thingz very soon you own juniors will start disobeying your orders cause they are the people facing hardships in the communities the PF can not have every service person on their payroll.
    Give the masses answers as to what happened to the young lady at unza.
    Confidence in the men and women in uniform is at an all-time low.

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  7. Police don’t have anything to do, ku Zambia nakwena. If they r not killing innocent students they r investigating a what’s app group, but corruption is not a crime.

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  8. Then in that case they will have to investigate several whatsapp groups who are critical of the government including online news sites such as LT.

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  9. These people so called police officers have nothing to do, investigate a WhatsApp group. They have a number that is being used by the person pretend to be that PF guy so check the name of the person registered on that number.

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  10. This is why Zambia will never move forward. Police are too busy doing useless work for PF instead of looking after the Zambian population. They are so blinded by corruption that they fail to see what is right and what is wrong ! Investigate PF looting instead !

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