PRESIDENT Lungu says he fully supports dialogue led by the Commonwealth special envoy to Zambia, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

And Mr. Lungu has urged youths in Zambia to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity information communication technology (ICTs) is providing for them to be incorporated in the new Ministry of Economic Affairs. Speaking through his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda after yesterday’s Youth Day celebrations in Lusaka, President Lungu said he does not see the Commonwealth as undermining the local ownership of the dialogue process.

“He sees it as an opportunity to add to the impartiality of the process so that all the players can vie into that. He sees the Commonwealth as adding capacity to the local platform such as ZCID (Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue). He wants full participation, he wants genuine and quicker dialogue.

“He is very hopeful, he has positive views on the Constitution, positive views on the Public Order Act but he wants a consensual approach. Otherwise on most of the issues the opposition have raised the President has given a go-ahead. He wants the Constitution amended in a consensual manner, he wants broad views on the Public Order Act. He wants all political party players and the NGOs to participate fully,” Mr. Chanda said.

And Mr. Chanda said the Head of State recognised the risks of abuse that ICTs and digital platform posed in terms of cyberbullying, libel, and fraud; which could undermine financial stability and endanger national security. He said President Lungu urged the youth to exploit the positive side of the unlimited possibilities that the digital space provided.

“So taking advantage of this, the President is putting more money, more human resource and more capabilities in the Smart Zambia Centre as a fulcrum point to develop, channel and harness the youth resource.

Meanwhile Minister of Sports and Youth Development Moses Mawere said the government wanted youths across the country to use ICTs responsibly for their own benefit and not to misuse the facility by watching obscene materials, insulting innocent citizens, and cyberbullying.

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