A Consortium of Civil Society Organizations has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Cyber Security and Cybercrimes bill from parliament labeling it unjustifiable in a democratic nation.
The Consortium is comprised of Action Aid Zambia, Alliance for Community Action, Chapter One Foundation, and Council of Christian Churches in Zambia.
Others are GEARS Initiative Zambia, Transparency International Zambia, and Zambia Council for Social Development.
Speaking on behalf of the CSO’s, GEARS Initiative Zambia Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi said the bill is a trap targeting cyber users especially opposition politicians ahead of the August 12, 2021 polls, and will further shrink the electoral, media, civic and political space.
Mr. Chipenzi explains that the proposed bill further violates the bill of rights saying the country already has laws in place to deal with perpetrators of cyberbullying.
The Bill is currently at the Committee stage in parliament.
And ActionAid Zambia Country Director Nalucha Ziba said it wrong for the PF to seek to pass a law using the arrogance of numbers.
Below is the full statement