Zambia Police shuts down all WhatsApp groups

Zambia Police Command has directed administers of all social media groupings to pull them down or face severe action if the directive is not obliged to.

Commissioner of Police for Administration Lombe Kamukoshi circulated the notice yesterday directing all police Commissioners in the country to start shutting all social media groupings that are managed by their officers.

The Command advised that the decision to pull down social media groupings had been necessitated by continued abuse of social media platforms by police.

“The Police Command is dismayed with continued abuse of social media by police officers who post articles and pictures intended to put the Zambia Police Service in dispute. To this effect, the Command has directed that all social media groupings managed by police officers off all ranks be closed with immediate effect,” read the notice.

“Further, administrators of various social media groupings are directed to see to it that the groupings which they administer are closed with immediate effect, failure to which they will be held accountable including facing disciplinary actions. Inform all officers under your jurisdiction accordingly.”

This doesn’t include Zambia Police Media WhatsApp group.

The groups closed are those created by departmental officers, Nkwazi Women and others to easy their communication.

The Independent Observer

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