AIRTEL Networks Zambia has described allegations that the mobile phone company has technology to intercept or divert messages from one number to another as false.
This is according to letters contained in the bundles of documents before court.
Airtel legal manager Sandra Malupande said the allegations levelled against the company by Mr Thomas Zgambo and Mr Clayson Hamasaka that it allowed unauthorized people to tap into their mobile phones were impossible.
In a letter dated 19th March 2015 from AKM Legal Practitioners, Airtel said investigations of its system and consultations with technical team discovered that allegations made by the two journalists were not feasible.
“Kindly advise your clients that Airtel does not own technology that can intercept or divert messages from one number to another. Further. that an investigation has shown that there is currently no evidence on the system of conduct of such activity on any of our customer’s number.
“We trust that this will shed more light on this issue. Should you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact the undersigned,” she said.
Mr Zgambo and Mr Hamasaka have dragged Airtel Networks Zambia to court for allegedly allowing unauthorized people to tap into their mobile phone conversations, intercepting and diverting short message service (SMS) to unauthorized individuals.
The two journalists are seeking an injunction to restrain the mobile service provider and other individuals from breaching the petitioner’s rights to privacy and freedom of expression.