Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimbe speaking during the launch of  Zamtel Connected Car at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka
Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimbe speaking
during the launch of Zamtel Connected Car at Southern Sun Hotel in
Lusaka

Minister of Communications and Transport Brian Mushimba says Government is working to improve information technology for enhanced service delivery.

Mr Mushimba says the new technology of monitoring vehicles using smart phones is an exercise that can save costs by avoiding abuse while enhancing road safety.

The Minister says he is making efforts to pilot the exercise in his Ministry to monitor how Government vehicles are being used.

Mr Mushimba was speaking in Lusaka during the launch of ZAMTEL Connected Car.

He said it is gratifying that ZAMTEL is thinking out of the box to make Zambia smart.

Mr. Mushimba said Government is installing mobile phone network towers across the Country to achieve 92 percent coverage.

He said companies like ZAMPOST have totally diversified to a profitable business by embracing innovation in a competitive environment.

And ZAMTEL Chief Executive Officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe said theft of motor vehicles is worrying.

Mr. Mwanakatwe said those who run fleets can use the technology to monitor fuel consumption of their vehicles to avoid abuse.

He said fraudulent accident reports can also be monitored through the latest technology.

And CUMII International Chief Executive Officer Norman Moyo notes that the world has become dynamic because of technology.

Mr Moyo said connected car by ZAMTEL would help in effective fleet management and fuel consumption.

Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimbe speaking during the launch of  Zamtel Connected Car at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka
Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimbe speaking
during the launch of Zamtel Connected Car at Southern Sun Hotel in
Lusaka
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14 COMMENTS

  1. LT what is wrong with you? You say nothing about the technology and how it will work!! What a waste my time!!

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  2. Zamtel and its CEO just want to be keeping up appearances by parading the Minister everywhere and anywhere when the company is technically dead and unable to compete with Airtel and MTN. Their internet connectivity is pathetic to say the least.

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  3. The FIRST vehicle to receive this monitoring technology should be the Presidential Challenger JET!

    Then the Nation can witness how Lungu is abusing public resources, and start to save more money than all the other Government vehicle abuse combined!

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  4. BLABLA

    I AM ALREADY IN THIS BUSINESS AND THIS GADGET CAN BE SUPPLIED TO YOU TODAY IN ZAMBIA. ONCE INSTALLED IN YOUR CAR IT CAN BE LINKED TO YOU SMART PHONE VIA SATELLITE AND YOU CAN TRACK YOUR CAR POSITION UP TO 6 METERS ACCURACY.

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  5. Please disable the Whatsapp feature on the smartphone. We certainly don’t want more accidents as drivers go on whatsapp when driving.

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  6. Too much day-dreaming by govt. Just pack all vehicles at govt offices at 17:00. Simple as that. What a govt we have!

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    • You are right Moses,
      Those gadgets will cost money which his government doesnt have. Park at 17:00 and you are done. The problem is that we have department heads who are very toothless. Tracking or not theres no one to discipline the other in government. Imagine it had to take the whole president to discover farmers inputs had not reached them when the line minister and all his people are there!

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  7. Good Intentions ideas, BUT once P.F get the info & evidence of abuses, what will be done/ what action will follow?? I seriously doubt anything will be done, otherwise, WHY HAVE OFFICIALS NOT PAID BACK CASH THEY FRAUDULENTLY ACQUIRED FOLLOWING THE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT????????
    While we are at it, #WhateverHappenedToSamuelChavula???

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  8. It’s gud ICT innovation.Atleast Engineers ( Hopefuly Zambians) are working ,tho this Tech already exist in many African countries,nothing new.

    Zamtel wil have to improve its network-infrastucture efficiency to achieve_objectives esle wil be a white elephant.

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  9. this is 2016 Kasembo trucking has been using this technology for years and other major trucking companies am surprised this is a discussion to consider today. There were many companies at the Mining Expo in Kitwe and there were many of the companies advertising the technology why we are behind is beyond me.

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  10. Let it no be just another way of giving contracts to fellow cadres.The same cadres are the ones in the fore front of abusing hrs vehicles.When they realise that the system is against them they will frustrate it.Otherwise the available measures are enough to curb the misuse.Let them just support the Office of the Controller of Government Transport.motivate them and allow them to operate without political influence,then the misuse will be reduced.Otherwise you end up using more resources to set up the system than what will be saved from the misuse.

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