The PF is using details of people who registered their numbers with mobile service providers to campaign in Livingstone and Mpongwe.
Every few minutes, residents of Livingstone and Mpongwe are bombwaded with message on their mobile phones to vote for PF candidates. Those in Livingstone are receiving the following unsolicited message;
‘Did you know that your vote for PF candidate Lawrence Evans on the 28th February 2013 by election is the only key to develop Livingstone central? thank you’
But this has annoyed residents.
Said one irritated resident:
‘I’m disappointed with ZICTA. I thought when we were told to register our sim cards our information would be safe guarded and be confidential. Now I am continually receiving SMSs from PF asking me to vote for Lawrence Evans in next week L/stone bye election. How does PF know my number and who gave them the permission to start sending me SMSs every 10 minutes? What guarantee do I have that the information ZICTA has about me is secure? Is this the reason why they were forcing to register us sim cards so that they could use our contacts to send us SMSs enticing us to vote for them?’
Another disappointed citizen told the Watchdog:
‘Now my worry is not the content of the message but how did PF get my phone number and what if i belong to another group. AIRTEL where is the confidentiality. Mesages are flying all over Livingstone since morning. Airtel should comment over this’.