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President Lungu has Signed the Cyber Security and Cyber Bill into Law

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President Edgar Lungu has assented into law the Cyber Security and Cyber Bill of 2021. President Lungu signed the Bill into law on Tuesday, 23rd March, 202 1, and hoped the law will bring sanity to the way the internet is used in Zambia.

“This is purely to protect citizens from abuse by people who feel they can do or say whatever they want using the veil of cyberspace. This law is aimed at protecting all Zambians, including those who are against it,” President Lungu said.

The President said the Bill was brought to his office and he scrutinized it before he assented to it.

“l could not have signed it if I was not convinced it is for the good of all Zambians. I have read through and it is perfect, ” he noted.

The objects of the Bill are to; ensure the provision of cybersecurity in the Republic, provide for the protection of persons against cybercrime, provide for child online protection and facilitate identification, declaration, and protection of critical information infrastructure.

Others are to provide for the collection of and preservation of evidence of computer and network related crime, revise the admission, in criminal matters, of electronic evidence, provide for the registration of cybersecurity services providers; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
The Bill is now earmarked for printing at Government Printers.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has noted politician Chishimba Kambwili’s apology and accepted it in the true Christian spirit. The President said what matters is someone’s actions and deeds after one apologizes for the wrongs they have done.

This is according to a statement made available to the media by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

56 COMMENTS

  1. I hope he has read through the document, we don’t his minions to propose amendments to the documents before the end of the year. Some provisions can be abused while others can be useful

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    • People will resort to satire.

      The origins of gumboot dance, was all about freedom of speech, this why its important to study history.

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  2. SO THIS “HUMBLE” MAN IS SAYING TO HELL WITH THE CHURCH MOTHER BODIES APPEAL NOT TO SIGN?
    THAT BILL YOU HAVE SIGNED INTO LAW WILL COME AND HAUNT YOU AND ALL PF GOONS!

    YOU ARE LOSING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!!

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  3. IT IS SOMEHOW A RELIEF TO SEE THE CYBER BILL ASSENTED INTO LAW. WE THANK GOD THAT IT IS NOT BILL 10 OF 2019 BEING TURNED INTO LAW!

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  4. The other day a woman cheif was arrested for meeting her subjects in NW province ,

    by extension people have a group chat of more than 2 people can be arrested

    Just wait and see how lungu will abuse this law……

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  5. Fellow citizens it is well , know that what goes around , comes around ,
    just wait and see , hope you saw how they fought themselves
    in Chawama , so all these shall fall on them .
    It is my prayer that God protects us and pushnishes
    all planning against innocent citizens .Mukanjeba

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  6. “The President said the Bill was brought to his office and he scrutinized it before he assented to it” . This is like what he did to the constitution in 2016 but only to “discover ” a lot of lacunas in the same, even misinterpreted the minister’s stay in government after dissolution of parliament. Time will tell…

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  7. It is here. I told you it was coming and now here it is. Thank you father of the nation. Upnd diasporans enjoy the last few months of your cyber propaganda and lies. We will start with those f00ls at watchdog who published a malicious article about me having assaulted a saudi diplomat. Mwaniya ba sheetani imwe

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  8. KAIZER ZULU
    CAUSES DIPLOMATIC ROW, IMPOUNDS DIPLOMATIC CAR FROM SAUDI ARABIAN EMBASSY

    Former State House Assistant for Politics, Kaizer Zulu has caused a diplomatic row this afternoon on Alick Nkhata Road when he impounded a diplomatic vehicle from the Saudi Arabian Embassy.

    Zulu claimed that the vehicle was overspeeding and risked his life.

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  9. Kaizer insisted the two occupant be arrested as he claimed that diplomatic immunity only applied at their residences and embassy and not on public roads.

    A Police officer from the Diplomat Unit was called and pleaded with Kaizer to let the Saudi Diplomats free.

    IS THIS ALL TRUE ??????????????????????????

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  10. TUTWA SURVIVES ACCIDENT AFTER HEAVY DRINKING SPREE

    Kabwe Central MP Tutwa Ngulube survives a nasty accident after a heavy drinking spree at Zero Degrees night club in kabwe with his driver identified as

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  11. Iweee…….ka KZ ,

    who can be scared of your cyber bill ???

    Atase………..

    We will not stop calling out your stealing….
    Never , ever…..

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  12. The New Law is closing Media, Civic and Political Space further. We know that the law will be used to rig the 2021 Elections in August 2021 and around Election Election Day he will definitely close Social Media and Internet to facilitate Vote Rigging .These measures will definitely make ECL and PF more unpopular. ECL should be careful what he wishes for. This law could be more damaging to him and PF. The writing is on the wall.

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  13. ASSAULT WAS NEVER MENTIONED IN THE WATCHDOG ARTICLE
    SO DONT SPIN PROPAGANDA
    YOU NOT ONLY A TROLL BUT A LIAR AS WELL

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  14. “Satire matters for more than one reason, but its main goal is to raise people’s awareness about the current state of affairs and to challenge their viewpoints by using humor and irony. It helps us confront the unpleasant reality and see the world as it is, so that we can improve it.”

    PF time out.

    Tolerance: “Where Random House Dictionary defines tolerance as “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own;” toleration is the practice of applying those attitudes within a social or political setting.”

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  15. When has this lazy moron Edgar refused to sign anything …just look at the close friends he keeps; Zingiman and Honeybee owner

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  16. This is what some of us have been waiting for. You cannot hide behind a key board to insult and abuse others. Well done ba Kateka. We need a bit of sanity in our country. Those who have a bone to chew with the head of state find something else to do. Others are saying the Govt. will use it to rig the elections, please just tell the people what you will do for them. Not insults. One person called a photographer went overboard and was sued. What he needs to do is apologise publicly if not he is going in if found guilty.

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  17. Meanwhile, we are at my mansion tonight celebrating the cyber bill which my boss assented today. It’s a glorious day. We are drinking some expensive shlt. If you are a patriot and support our government and its agenda then you are more than welcome to come and drink with me with some of my f00lish friends. Just remember to bring your mask for the fayce. If you are a upnd tribalist then come here if you want me to break your face. If you wlfe has told you she is going for overnight prayers then chances are she is here with us for overnight dumbwiza

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  18. Whoever told Lungu that he was a wise man should jailed for life.

    The problems this man has put us in, awe sure.

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  19. all opposition should start practicing work without the Internet during elections …….

    Be ready,

    lungu will shut down the Internet and possibly cell phone service during elections by claiming criminals are planning a nation security threat……

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  20. Opposition its time you start utilising phone Apps and learning to use encrypted messaging on old style pagers for communication …we know the largest opposition is sleeping as usual then cry profusely 48 hours before Polling Day when they can not communicate with grassroots and ECZ computers will all shut down whilst PF Hankers go to work cooking figures.

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  21. Agony is trolling from UK that you are in a mansion in Lusaka ..really sad…someone needs medication this circus has gone too far. Give it a rest N3z, we know lockdown has been tough on everyone in the UK!!

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  22. Edgar Lungu’s dear friend/confidant has been arrested in DRC for criminal activities.Now let’s see if Lungu and his minions will have me arrested for telling the truth on cyberspace.

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  23. This Law could affect both who supported it and those who didn’t. The Law could inconvenience most People between now and August 12 and these People will send ECL “ku wire ” at the Ballot Box. We shall see how the desperate ECL will selectively apply this law. The Costs of this Law might outweigh the benefits. Whichever way People have made up their minds to send ECL and PF “ku wire”. The writing is on the wall.

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  24. Thank you Mr President for the major step. This Law will clean the cyber space of the criminals now. This is such a relief for millions of vulnerable people using internet. God bless you.

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  25. Now, the law enforcement agencies should get cracking on the criminals who are spreading fake news on social media. They had begun to think that no one can touch them and their business will continue seamlessly. But now, they will run for life.

  26. Freedom of speech is not at all suppressed in the country. Give me one, just one example where anyone was jailed for speaking his or her mind, criticising government. Can you?

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  27. Nothing is perfect and everything needs some or the other amendment. We come to know about the minute gaps here and there only after the Law will be implemented. There is no harm in being open to changes. On the contrary, it is a sign of being flexible which is good for people.

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  28. This Law will help everyone in the country. I am sure all those opposing it today, would promptly sue it if face abuse and molestation on social media.

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  29. I could not have signed it if I was not convinced it is for the good of all Zambians. I have read through and it is perfect…. No need to say this sir. I have full faith in you. I am sure that you won’t do anything that is against the interest of people of Zambia. That’s why are your voters.

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  30. All those self proclaimed media houses should windup their business now and leave. Their time is up. No wonder, many such fake news factories have already pulled their pages down. It is a good riddance.

  31. If it stops spreading fake news, then it can outlive everyone. But if it continues to feed on dirty money and work for, you know who, then, its days are numbered.

  32. Can you explain how this law, or any other law for that matter, help the government to manipulate internet or anything to rig the elections? Don’t you think, your comment is the classical example of abuse of freedom you get on internet?

  33. @ Chola, This could be leading to the “Museveni strategy” of crippling the opposition from accessing its base when next we hear the president or his minister of health issuing a statement banning all social gathering and reason to justify the action being “resurgence (third wave) and rising infections of Covid 19” Then deployment of the military and police to enforce the in a way already contained in the guidelines directives for safety from covid! The uniformed women and men will intimidatingly ensure that no gatherings of any sort be entertained! Thus campaign rallies wont happen and internet would have been shut but PF will have access 24/7 of ZNBC with its officials continuing to “Inspect projects” and “Lungu commissioning a lot more “clinics and roads and dishing out…

  34. Act 2 of 2021 The cyber Security And Cyber Crimes
    I am sure sure Lungu has not read through this act or even understood it

  35. This Cyber Security Law shouldn’t be used to persecute People holding Govt to account. KZ is giving the wrong impression that this Law is mean silence those in the Diaspora. That is wrong to selectively apply this law against Opposition Parties. This Law shouldn’t interfere with Human Rights of Citizens otherwise it will declared unconstitutional. If this Law is misused then the next Govt will have no choice but to Repeal the Law.

  36. I CAN GuARANTEE YOU 90 % OF THE PEOPLE HERE HAVE NO IDEA OF THE MEANING OF CYBER SECURITY
    IT HAS IT USES FOR SURE BUT TO DATE ZAMBIA HAS NOT EXPERIENCED ANY CYBER ATTACK OF NOTE
    ITS MAIN REASON HERE IS POLITICAL NO IFS OR BUTS

  37. All people must be protected and respected at all levels and ages including those in politics and either male or female , you just don’t allow criminals to bully the innocent citizens for no apparent reason, it is like allowing thugs to roam the bus stations and molest people waiting for transport, I don’t know if anyone one is immune from from cyber bullying , due to cyber crimes people lose their money in their banks accounts how can our leader think he should leave everything open to criminal to manipulate leadership is about responsibility and not politics .
    Allowing cyber bullying is the most un wise thing to do the Zambian people, in any country there are levels of people some knowledgeable and other less knowledgeable and others totally ignorant these all classes of…

  38. Kaizar Joseph Goebbels Zulu and your buddy Lungu, why are you two not in prison already for corruption? If you don’t report to Chimbokaila asap, we will have to lock you up as soon as you lose the election. Call the prison authorities to reserve a room for you and Lungu. Not even the Cyber Bill will protect you from getting incarcerated for a 150 years each for your rampant corruption. Bapompwe imwe.

  39. He can shut down the internet in Zambia but and but he can’t touch satellites. Friends it’s time to equip yourselves with satellite phones.

  40. How can you vote for someone who is promoting Cyber Bullying?? HH has lost it…Viva ECL for bringing sanity into the nation. You are indeed the Chosen One.

  41. Listen everyone the person who has overlooked the voice of the clergymen, and claims to be a humble Christian my foot, just know that there are many dark days to come in Zambia. I feel sorry for mother Zambia. Why are we so inept and so docile? Why are we governed by people who have never written a thesis of some sort, and by do we allow such people time and time again to rule us.

    Let us for once ACT quickly to remove this evil PF government in place. We need change.

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