While attending Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) Chiefs of Police Sub-Committee of the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC) virtual meeting this morning, Kazembe Kazembe lamented the liberties afforded to masses by the internet and social media as he said they were now used to push extimist ideologies.
Speaking at the meeting that was attended by several agencies from Southern Africa, the Home Affairs Minister said:
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The irreparable scars caused on society by extremism and terrorism demands that we put into action robust strategies aimed at countering the gruesome phenomenon. As a region, we are alive to the fact that no country is immune to the threat of terrorism, extremism and radical ideologies.
The internet and the social media have in recent times become favourite tools for promoting extremist ideologies as they are not constrained by any national borders. Indeed, the increasingly sophisticated use of the internet and social media as propaganda tools for violence and extremism are indeed worrisome.
Kazembe Kazembe went on to urge the security services to put strong security measures in place to counter-terrorism in the region and to join hands in fighting what he called the extreme free society:
Furthermore, acts of terror are constant reminders that the only way to effectively confront terrorism is to strengthen counter-terrorism and cooperation at all levels. We strongly believe that a terrorist and extremist-free society requires enhanced regional and international cooperation, including specialized training in security and sophisticated technological equipment as well as the sharing of information, knowledge and technology transfer
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