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ZICTA shuts down Internet cafes operating without trading licences

Economy ZICTA shuts down Internet cafes operating without trading licences

Farmer' s Association Internet cafe in Kabwe
Farmer’ s Association Internet cafe in Kabwe

The Zambia Information and Communication Authority (ZICTA) says it has started shutting down internet cafés operating illegally.

This move comes after several warnings following the mushrooming of internet cafes operating without licenses countrywide.

ZICTA Acting Public Relations Manager Edward Mulenga said it was illegal for any Internet café to operate without a trading certificate from ZICTA.

Mr Mulenga disclosed this to ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka, today.

The PRM added that the agency has started closing down internet cafes that are operating without trading licences, because the practice is unlawful.

He said all those who want to venture into the running of internet cafes should first register their company with Zambia Information and Communication Authority (ZICTA).

“It is mandatory to carry out inspections and find out if those operating internet cafes are compliant or not’’ said Mr Mulenga.

And Mr Mulenga further appealed to internet café owners to formally come on board and register their businesses with ZICTA, to avoid the risk of being closed down.


  1. PF just want to control access to the Internet and information. If every connection is regulated and spied on by PF then they hope, like all communists and tyrannical political systems, to control information. Expect PF to become more restrictive as the economy collapses. They would prefer to close these SMEs, like they did with the Post, and leave many people jobless than have access to critical voices.

    • Do you even understand what you are talking about? Are they asking Internet users or cafes to register? Please don’t display nakedly your ignorance by rushing to comment without any thread of reason on matters you don’t comprehend. Simple.

  2. @Buck Teeth Lungu – spot on. In fact, I wonder where ZICTA has been slumbering for them to begin this exercise suddenly. I am sure the rot is so deep they will be skipping their own or those started by their spouses and bosom friends. Just watch how use.less this whole episode will play out.

  3. very stupid move indeed,why all of the sadden PF has become so Stupid than any government that has ever ruled Zambia and moreover everything is now expensive including the cost of prostitutes is very high.These Pathetic Fools have failed terribly.

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