Security men warned over phone tapping inertia


POLICE should immediately engage the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) in their investigations of the phone tapping scandal because Zambians want this issue concluded as soon as possible, the Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) has charged.

And when contacted for a comment, Lusaka Province police commissioner Nelson Phiri said he was yet to get confirmation from the officers on whether the investigations had commenced after a formal complaint by Information minister Kambwili over his tapped conversation.

ZRP president Wright Musoma told the Daily Nation yesterday that there should be no more excuses over the phone tapping scandal involving Mr Kambwili and Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe’s conversation now that Mr. Kambwili had officially reported the matter to police.

Mr. Musoma said for a long time now some unscrupulous individuals have abrogated the law with impunity while law enforcing agencies continued to give excuses while pretending to uphold the law because it served them better.

He said his party was following the development keenly and will not rest until justice prevailed because the reluctance of institutions that were supposed to handle the matter was making Zambians question their existence and ability to provide the service as mandated by the law.

He said Mr. Kambwili had taken a bold step to report the matter to police, adding that his party will not rest until the case came was concluded, saying there was no time to waste since witnesses were known and the recorded conversation was in the Post newspaper.

He said he was following the issue keenly not because he had any grudge against anyone but because all Zambians were at risk of having their privacy invaded since all their information was readily available to the criminals who were involved in cybercrime.

“We will not allow this case to rest until the criminals are brought to book. This reluctance by law enforcing agencies is painting a very bad picture about their operations and Mr. Kambwili has done a very good thing by reporting the matter to police so that no institution will give any more excuses because Zambians are waiting for justice to prevail.

“There is no way we cannot be concerned because phone tapping is a national security concern which we cannot ignore because we are all potential targets for these criminals and since we have institutions that are supposed to protect our interests, we will not sit idle but we will remind them of what they are supposed to do when we see lack of inertia,’’ he said.

“The police should now engage ZICTA so that we don’t have a situation where somehow the case gets stuck on the way without being concluded simply because one institution is not able to do certain things which need the intervention of a different institution. We want a holistic approach to this matter and should be concluded quickly,” he said.




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