Facebook on Tuesday said it removed more than 8 fake accounts, pages that were spreading “fake” news and impersonating authentic and verified Mwebantu Facebook page.
Facebook stated that the pages were removed for what they term “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on the social media platform in Zambia. The false pages had become aggressive with fake news, cyberbullying and online fraud.
“This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing,” a Facebook official said.
The authentic Mwebantu Facebook page has a blue tick that shows that it has been verified by Facebook authorities, with over 1.5 million followers in Zambia and beyond.
Mwebantu has grown to have over 2 million followers on Social Media and is regarded as Zambia’s leading Social news and advertising platform.
Mwebantu is grateful to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Facebook Regional team for helping remove fake Mwebantu Facebook Pages.
Zamtel Kwacha launches Tatyola Slashes withdrawal fees
Zamtel has today announced that it has reduced withdrawal charges on its Zamtel Kwacha platform for the next 30 days.
Through a campaign dubbed Tatyola, all Zamtel Kwacha withdrawals of K150 will now attract a fee of only K2 whilst withdrawals of above K150 to K5,000 will carry a K5 withdrawal.
Zamtel Corporate Communications Manager Changwe Kabwe explained that Tatyola campaign is meant to increase the use of digital finance in Zambia.
Mr Kabwe said Zamtel is confident that the reduction in withdrawal charges will translate into real savings for Zamtel Kwacha customers.
“We are excited to announce this month long campaign where we have slashed withdrawal charges on all Zamtel Kwacha cash outs from the usual charges which go as high as K50. Now our Zamtel Kwacha customers will enjoy fees as little as K2 for withdrawing amounts as high as K150,” Mr Kabwe said.
Mr Kabwe has since encouraged Zambians to fully embrace the use of digital finance as the future for commerce and trade is going to be even more digitalized.
“We are aware that the trends globally point to a future where everything will be digital and that includes finance. We believe that Tatyola and all other activities we are doing as Zamtel is to help our millions of customers embrace a digital lifestyle,” he added.
He said Zamtel customers can enjoy the Tatyola campaign and other value added services on Zamtel Kwacha by dialing *344#.
Zamtel targets near countrywide blanket coverage as it erects 790 new towers
Zamtel says it is confident of attaining a near countrywide blanket coverage as it nears the completion of its towers roll out project.
Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Sydney Mupeta said once the project is completed, over 90 percent of the country will have adequate communication coverage.
Mr Mupeta said Zamtel is confident it will complete the installation of the remaining towers which are part of the 1009 towers project by end of the year.
He said access to communication services in the rural areas is helping transform livelihoods.
Mr Mupeta said farmers are now able to negotiate for better prices for their produce as they can now approach different buyers using their mobile phone.
The Zamtel CEO was speaking in Msanzala Constituency in Petauke when he launched two communication towers at Misolo and Ukwimi.
“I wish to inform you that the sites we are launching are is part of the 1009 communication towers which Zamtel has been erecting in different parts of the Country mainly in rural areas as part of Phase II of the GRZ Communication Towers project. So far, this project has delivered over 790 new sites with Msanzala receiving 8 new towers, one of which we are commissioning today at Misolo,” Mr Mupeta said.
“As the GRZ Communication Towers project nears completion, we are confident that we will deliver the remaining few sites this year which is within the project schedule. Allow me to make a bold proclamation here by stating that once this project is fully completed, Zambia will have a near blanket coverage with regard to communication services,” he said
He added, “This means that almost all the corners of this beautiful Country will have access to communication services.”
And Msanzala PF Member of Parliament Peter Daka says the PF government deserves re-election because they have delivered development everywhere.
Mr Daka said there is no part of Zambia that has not been touched by any form of development.
He said the PF under President Lungu has constructed roads, built clinics and hospitals and installed communications towers across the country.
“President Lungu promised when he came here that he will bring development without leaving anyone behind and this is what is happening today. We are here launching this tower as testimony of that promise by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa,” Mr Daka said.
At the two ceremonies, both Chief Nyampande’s Representative Joyce Mwanza and Chief Sandwe commended Zamtel for bringing its network closer to the people.
The University of Zambia (UNZA) commences construction of 3km perimeter wall fence
THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has commenced the construction of the three (3) kilometres perimeter wall fence aimed at securing the institution from vandals and theft activities.
Speaking during the official ground-breaking and laying of the foundation stone ceremony, University of Zambia Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba says that, once completed, the wall fence will enhance the outlook of the university but also improve the security of its infrastructure as well as the community living and working within the institution.
The Vice Chancellor has thanked the government of the Republic of Zambia, in particular the Ministry of Local Government for funding the construction process. The Vice Chancellor adds that, the funds for the construction of the wall fence have been derived from a compensation arising from the land affected by the construction of the new road connecting Nangwenya and Kamloops roads.
The University of Zambia has in the recent past embarked on a massive infrastructure development program, demonstrated by a number of projects at both the Great East Road and Ridgeway campuses. Of note, is the East Park Mall developed by Graduare Property Development Limited, the construction of student hostels which are yet to be completed, the construction of the road connecting Nangwenya and Kamloops roads and most recently the completion of the Teaching and Learning Complex commissioned by the Republican President, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
While the University of Zambia notes with pride, that these developments have changed the outlook of the university, it also notes that the developments have exposed the institution to a number of entrances into its premises. This exposure has in turn brought about challenges in effectively providing security to the university and its important installations.
To secure the university from vandals and theft activities, Management of the institution has embarked on a project of constructing a perimeter wall fence around the university which is expected to be completed within three (3) months.
This is according to a press statement issued by Dr. Brenda Bukowa, A/Head – Comm. & Marketing at the University of Zambia (UNZA).