PRESIDENT Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, 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 in 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 scrutinised 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—
(a) ensure the provision of cyber security in the Republic;
(b) provide for the protection of persons against cyber crime;
(c) provide for child online protection;
(d) facilitate identification, declaration and protection of critical information infrastructure;
(e) provide for the collection of and preservation of evidence of computer and network related crime;
(f) revise the admission, in criminal matters, of electronic evidence;
(g) provide for registration of cyber security services providers; and (h) 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 apologises for the wrongs they have done.
This is according to a press statement issued to Mwebantu by Mr. Issac Chipampe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations.
I will assent to the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Bill 2021, President Edgar Lungu says
PRESIDENT Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, says he will assent to the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Bill 2021.
The President says he is awaiting the submission of the Bill by Parliament and as soon as this is done he will assent to it.
“If the Bill is submitted today as I have been intimated to by some colleagues, by Friday we will have the Law in place. And once that happens, we thank God and we hope that those charged with the responsibility of enforcing the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime law will do so without fear or favour,” said President Lungu.
The President said this when a team of Cyber Hygiene Zambia officials, led by its Chairperson and Founder Captain Solomon Shakele and flanked by Cyber Security goodwill Ambassador Thokozile Muwamba, paid a courtesy call on him at State House this morning.
The President said: “l am happy to welcome you to State House and I further encourage you that your cause is not in vain. As you very well know the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Bill legislation has passed. I am just waiting for the submission of the document and the Statute by Parliament and as soon as this is done, of course I will sign promptly.
President Lungu said by law, he is supposed to reject the Bill and return it back if it is not acceptable in his assessment of the interest of the people.
“But I am sure Parliament did justice to the Bill by interrogating each and every section or clause. So, I am inclined to believe that the job will be easier for me to simply appraise myself and then sign,” the President said.
And President Lungu is deeply saddened by the continued cyberbullying in the country which has caused suffering resulting in the death of some people.
“The same way that people walk freely on the streets, we must feel safe using the internet and its related applications. A lot of goodwill can come out of the cyber space but we don’t seem to use it properly, “said the President.
The President extended his congratulations to the team for completing the Awareness walk successfully and pledged support to the organisation.
And Captain Muwamba, a jet fighter pilot in the Zambia Airforce bemoaned moral decay especially among the youth. “Your Excellency, you wonder how a person brought up in a proper home can use social media to insult adults. ”
She added: “Zambia is a Christian Nation and such vices must be ended. ”
Captain Shakele described the team’s 11-day-Awareness walk against Cyberbullying and fake news from Lusaka to Livingstone, a 485 kilometre distance, as having achieved its objective.
Captain Shakele said his team had received tremendous support from the President and Government and recalled how they were extra motivated when President Lungu called Captain Muwamba to urge her on during the walk. The team comprised seven other members.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President Press and Public Relations Mr. Isaac Chipampe.
(Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House)
Facebook removes more than 8 fake Mwebantu pages, admins reported to police
Facebook on Tuesday said it removed more than 8 fake accounts, pages that were spreading “fake” news and impersonating authentic and verified Mwebantu Facebook page.
Facebook stated that the pages were removed for what they term “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on the social media platform in Zambia. The false pages had become aggressive with fake news, cyberbullying and online fraud.
“This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing,” a Facebook official said.
The authentic Mwebantu Facebook page has a blue tick that shows that it has been verified by Facebook authorities, with over 1.5 million followers in Zambia and beyond.
Mwebantu has grown to have over 2 million followers on Social Media and is regarded as Zambia’s leading Social news and advertising platform.
Mwebantu is grateful to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Facebook Regional team for helping remove fake Mwebantu Facebook Pages.
Top Facebook pages with High Engagement in Zambia with a million reach a week. from 3rd Aug 2020 to 9th Aug 2020
TOP FACEBOOK PAGES WITH HIGH ENGAGEMENT IN ZAMBIA WITH A MILLION REACH A WEEK.
FROM 3 AUG 2020-9 AUG 2020
NOTE: DOES NOT INCLUDE DATA FOR 10th AND 11th AUGUST, 2020.
1.Mwebantu with 4.2 million people reached.
2.Zambian Landscape with 2.7 million people reached.
3.Zambian Watchdog with 2.1 million people reached.
4.Zambian Weddings and Kitchen Parties with 1.9 million people reached.
5.Chellah Tukuta Photography with 1.8 million people reached.
- Zed Diary with 1.5 million people reached.
- Milly Beauty Products with 1.2 million people reached.
8.QFM Radio with 1.1 million people reached.
9.Hakainde Hichilema with 1 million people reached.
Source: Facebook Analytics