… As he hopes that the law will bring sanity in the way the internet is used in Zambia.
Lusaka…..Friday, March 26, 2021
His Excellency, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia 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 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 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 cyber security in the Republic, provide for the protection of persons against cyber crime, 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 registration of cyber security services providers; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
The Bill is now earmarked for printing at Government Printers.