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Government to take the Cyber Crime bill to Parilament

General News Government to take the Cyber Crime bill to Parilament

MINISTER of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba
MINISTER of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba
Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba has disclosed that he will present to Parliament five bills when the house reconvenes, among them the Cyber crime Bill a penal law to be used to prosecute cyber crimes.

Mr Mushimba has named the other bills as the e-government bill, Cyber Security Bill, Data Protection Bill, e-Transmissions and e-Commerce Bill.

He says government will propose to Parliament to adjust and update the Information and Communications Technology Act No. 15 of 2009 to strengthen the regulatory mandate assigned to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and provide the institution with clear enforcement capabilities for execution of Statutory rules and procedures outlined in the Act.

Mr Mushimba says government will also table the ICT society of Zambia Bill that aims to legitimately maintain, control and oversee all information and communication technology practice in Zambia as well as safeguard the interest of the public with a view of enforcing standards in the sector.

The Minister said this in Lusaka this morning during a breakfast meeting with ICT Stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Mr Mushimba has disclosed that as at December 2016, the total number of active mobile phone subscribers increased to 12 million from 11.6 million subscribers recorded at the end of 2015, representing a 74.9% mobile penetration.

He says MTN Zambia has the largest market share of 48.3? while Airtel Zambia has 41.4% share with Zamtel having 10.4%.


  1. Can this Bill also target Mushota who spreads tribal hatred, hate speech and insults on Lusaka Times? Thanks

  2. Another way for pf to control your thoughts minds and opinions and prevent freedom of thought and expression. Full swing dictatorship. They started with closing the post now they will control what u look at and censure everything you aim to say. The new Zimbabwe.

  3. This is barbaric. To control almost everything in this country will bring about the UNIP kind of life in Zambia once again. Dark days ahead if these vision-less cowboys succeed with their plans.

  4. Govt has a responsibility to ensure rule of law and to ensure standards are adhered to and to ensure recourse for those injured on the allowed platforms. In South Africa, their Western Union transactions and money got wiped out by unscrupulous people due lack of enough regulation. Securing cyber space for unhindered enjoyment of the people is commendable. This is being done in USA. In UK. In all civilized society. Why would you not want it? Do you only want the police when your house is broken into and your wife raped or you want a police presence to avoid such barbaric behavior from crazies? Why is common sense so not common on this platform?

  5. Foolish and back ward proposal, let people express themselves freely and creatively. There is no need for snooping on citizens.

  6. Presidenf is espousing freedom of media while his minister is announcing a bill with the capacity to shut down electronic media. Talk together boys.

  7. Scare mongering. How is Zicta going to monitor these communications when they are hosted by foreign servers where there’s freedom of speech. Just use VPN and shut Zicta out of your postings.

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