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Like Uganda, Zambia is tinkering with new laws to regulate social media use

Zambia is now the latest African country that is mulling a social media shutdown due to such problems like porn and cybercrime



Zambia is now the latest African country that is mulling a social media shutdown due to such problems like porn and cybercrime.

According to the Monitor, Zambia’s Communication Minister, Brian Mushimba, told parliament that some Zambians were using social media to send pornographic images, spread hate speech and to commit identity theft.

“Prior to the proliferation of social media, people in Zambia behaved and communicated within acceptable and expected cultural boundaries,” he said. “Incidents of impersonations, people being insulted, abused, falsely accused or defrauded on social media platforms have reached an alarming state.”

He said that these new laws that are yet to be drafted will introduce penalties for those abusing social media although he didn’t clarify on how the laws would be enforced.

Read Also: Social media tax not going unchallenged in Uganda

Also, according to Lusaka Times, Zambia will also not introduce tax on social media, as what we have seen in Uganda. The minister said they will not copy Uganda but they will work in conjunction with the Zambia Information and Communication Authority (ZICTA) and will continue sensitizing the productive usage of the platform.

A growing number of African countries want the social media space checked.

Uganda introduced a social media tax which was not well received and also blocked VPNs to discourage tax dodgers. Tanzania introduced a new law that required bloggers to pay licences. Kenya also passed a new law that placed stiff penalties on cyber related crimes where some sections were suspended thanks to efforts by stakeholders.


Bola Tinubu sworn in as Nigeria’s 16th president



Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been sworn in as Nigeria’s 16th President on Monday, May 29 at Eagle Square in the country’s capital city, Abuja.

Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima took the oath of office at exactly 10:28 AM and 10:38 AM respectively, administered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

Shortly after being sworn in, the Nigerian President promised to solve terrorism and criminality. “Security shall be top of our administration,” he said, adding that he would reform security architecture, invest more in security personnel, providing better training and equipment.

Additionally, he pledged to transform the economy in order to spur expansion and increase the Gross Domestic Product through job creation, fighting extreme poverty, increasing food production, ensuring the inclusion of women and young people, and combating corruption.

On the controversial subject of fuel subsidy removal, he took a firm position, announcing that the fuel subsidy regime was over. He also stated that, on the monetary policy side, he would work towards a unified foreign exchange system.

He was declared the winner of the presidential elections held on February 25 in which the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were won equally by the three leading candidates, twelve states each.

The ceremony was attended by some notable leaders from across the continent. Some of them are South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the new Prime Minister of Gabon, Billy By-Nze, President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara; Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo, and Rwanda President, Paul Kagame.

Tinubu garnered about 37 % of the total votes cast to become president. His experience includes being governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, and a prior career in finance with top financial companies like Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and GTE Services Corporation. Nigerians will hope he will use his experience to transform the economy which critics believe performed below par under the outgone president, Muhammadu Buhari.

He is faced with the challenges of high foreign debt, unemployment, soaring inflation, unstable multiple exchange rate system, and insecurity, amongst other challenges.

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Embattled Senegalese opposition leader, Sonko arrested



Embattled Senegalese opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko was arrested on Sunday by the police during a march across the country.

Last Friday, Sonko set off on a march back to the country’s capital, Dakar which drew a crowd, mainly of young supporters, and was marred by clashes between youths and security forces, in which one man was killed in the south of the country.

The Minister of Interior, Antoine Diome claimed that the arrest was a result of clashes between Sonko’s supporters and the police during his return to Dakar, in which one man was killed.

Diome stated while addressing the media that the politician should have requested prior authorisation before organising what he called a “freedom caravan”.

He added that “a man was killed in Kolda. Is the state going to stand idly by (…) The answer can only be no”.

“We were, therefore, able to escort the leader of the Pastef (party) (Mr Sonko) to his home (in Dakar) where he was dropped off”, he said.

The politician who is battling with a libel suit against him is also charged with rape and making death threats against an employee of a beauty salon in Dakar but has denied all wrongdoing and insists that his legal travails are politically motivated and aimed at scuttling his bid for the 2024 presidency.

Sonko finished third with 687,523 votes, narrowly behind President Sall and Idrissa Seck in second place in the 2019 presidential election. He is hopeful of another try at the poll in the December 2023 elections.

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