Chief Government Spokesperson Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa, who also serves as the Information and Media Minister, acknowledged the significant challenge posed by social media propaganda in shaping public perception of the government’s achievements.
Hon. Mweetwa expressed concern over the misuse of social media platforms by some individuals in Zambia, using them to spread propaganda that undermines the government’s efforts in fostering economic development and unity.
He urged diplomats to remain vigilant and to disregard such propaganda, emphasizing the strides made by the government in restoring the economy and promoting national unity, as envisioned by the “One Zambia, One Nation” slogan.
Highlighting positive developments, the Minister noted that all regions in Zambia are now active participants in the country’s development agenda, signaling a departure from past disparities.
Addressing the issue of governance, Hon. Mweetwa stressed that President Hakainde Hichilema is committed to upholding the constitutional provisions of Article 173 and 259, which emphasize gender parity and ethnic considerations in appointments.
Encouraging professionalism, the Minister urged diplomats to continue representing Zambia with pride and dedication, flying the Zambian flag high as they carry out their duties in Ethiopia.
In response, the Charge D’ Affaires at the Zambia Embassy in Ethiopia, Mr. Trevor Sichombo, expressed gratitude to the Minister for the visit and for updating diplomatic staff on crucial developmental matters.
Mr. Sichombo acknowledged the importance of diplomats being wary of social media propaganda, recognizing the internet as a major source of information for people living abroad.
Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa is currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in the African Union Specialized Technical Committee Meeting (STC) on Communication and ICTs. The engagement reflects Zambia’s commitment to regional collaboration and development in the field of communication and information technology.