OP compiling Database from simcard registration exercise

The secret service in Zambia known as OoP or simply OP (Office of the president) is creating a database of all mobile phone users in Zambia, the Watchdog is reliably informed.

This is part of the on-going of Registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by the three Mobile Phone providers MTN Zambia, Airtel and Zamtel.

About December 2011, the PF regime created Statutory Instrument on the Registration of Electronic Communication Apparatus No. 65 of 2011, which required all mobile phone users to register their SIM cards.

The Registration process is administered by each Mobile Service Provider but the Watchdog has been informed that this information is passed on to the OP.

Phone users are required to provide their Full name, National Registration Card Number, Driving license (for Zambian subscribers), passport or work-permit number (for Non Zambia Subscribers),
and Physical address. The email address, if available and details of valid identification documents.
Serial Number of SIM Cards Where the Subscriber is a Zambian but is below the age of 16 and does not, possess a National Registration Card, such a person is required  use the parent’s or Guardian’s documents.

A small team of less than ten OP operatives has been assembled to create the database. They only work at night starting at 18 hours when their colleagues have knocked off.

Whatever details have been captured by the mobile service p [providers each day, it is passing on the OP team at 17 hours.

When the source that provided the Watchdog with this information was asked what the aim of the project is, the source said: ‘this is a project under the ministry of Home Affairs whose aim is to rig elections in 2016 or whenever they will occur.’

The source also said this is part of the PF plan to monitor citizens.


Nine bye-elections looming as Sata tells MMD MPs to resign
Still AWOL first lady accused of affair with Junior doctor as Sata's daughter officiates at cancer event

121 Responses to "OP compiling Database from simcard registration exercise"

  1. Big Joe  November 14, 2012 at 21:38

    Ignorance exhibited by many bloggers is atrocious.How can the registration of simcards become a political issue? Many countries in the world require that you register your sim mainly for security purposes. Is it such a bad thing when your phone has been stolen and you are able to get it back because you are the registered user of that phone? This phobia you are exhibiting is unforgivable for educated people!

  2. eye opener  November 14, 2012 at 18:26

    ndetina wat nxt

  3. Zaza  November 14, 2012 at 15:30

    BLUE LIE!!!!

  4. Zaza  November 14, 2012 at 15:29

    Very surprising that there is so much ignorance in Zambia.

    The RIGHTS of Zambians is under SERIOUS threat.


    In a country where the Police or Office of the President officers are NOT PROFESSIONAL, the information will be used to victimize citizens.


  5. Zozifunila paku vota  November 14, 2012 at 06:03

    This is nonsense! Why do do you read the respected and now very relied upon ZWD everyday if they report lies? Stop it.

  6. The Eyes of an Eagle  November 13, 2012 at 18:12

    Iwe Fremen don’t tell lies.which part of UK do they force people to register simcards. I was in UK mid last year and I bought two blackberry phones and one vodafone simcard which I used while in UK and I was not required to register the it.I bought the simcard off the counter in a shop called EASY PHONES.My friends that we were with bought simcards off the counter at Heathrow AIRPORT shops soon after arrival in UK and immediately called their relatives back home.So ba Guy mwilamung’unya uwa uwakumung’unya ubufi eko tamwaya ku UK.Show us the visa and the official stamp from the British High commission.I rest my case.

  7. J mtonga  November 13, 2012 at 17:43

    Ok we register SIM card in UK but in Zambia how the information is used is the issue . So we are not comparing apples to apples .

  8. Timbalife  November 13, 2012 at 17:30

    Every civilized country registers cell phone sim cards of each and every phone number issued, and their citizens don’t complain about it. What are people trying to hide??

  9. Rio  November 13, 2012 at 17:17

    Interesting, even Mugabe’s Zim requires registration of holder of line but do not get this much detail!

  10. zagwa zatha  November 13, 2012 at 16:33

    If the PF govt has resources for such an excercise, they should first register the following records

    1. Medical records so that every citizen is traceable and this can help plan health care provision

    2. Register all cars for easy tracing of vehicles without insuarance and road worthness, such vehicles will be linked to an owner as well as an address.This will cut down unnecessary road blocks to ceck who has insuarance and those vehicles linked to any motor vehicle offences by also establishing automatic number plate recognition.

    3.Establish a citizens database with addresses so that issues such voter register updating can be made easier and ogoing, this can also help planning services for a catchment area unlike now where govt does not even know how many people live in certain areas.

    • Timbalife  November 13, 2012 at 17:31

      Good suggestion, that is what we need as a country.

    • jobbing in the diaspora  November 13, 2012 at 17:51

      you forgot one automate rather create electronic Database For NRC# and birth certification which in view should be the starting point which would work more like the social security number.system in the u.s.a and would be tied to every aspect of your life transaction and much of this silly stuff would even be irrelevant.

    • King selasi  November 14, 2012 at 18:05

      iwe uoneka unabadwa nanzelu….PERIOD!!!!

  11. SIM CARD?  November 13, 2012 at 16:30


  12. GT  November 13, 2012 at 15:49


  13. leo the senior  November 13, 2012 at 15:26

    If the gentleman and lady(ies) at plot 1 have registered ZICTA should watchout that come 2016 they re-register with fresh residential addresses.Applies to the muzungu also!

  14. King selasi  November 13, 2012 at 15:25

    The problem with we zambians every single social or economical even security issue is politicised. The exercise is going to help curb crime, not too long ago and on going is the murder that shocked the nation, hence if the sim registration had been done at that time it would have eased the investigations by the police. about HH i wont comment hahahaha HH.

    • Zozifunila paku vota  November 14, 2012 at 06:08

      Ridiculous, why bring respected HH in this issue?

  15. Owu mulola wendi?  November 13, 2012 at 15:13

    It is okay to be suspicious but the truth is mobile registration is now done almost everywhere in the world. Even in the UK you can’t buy a phone or simcard without your full details (including address) being taken by the vendor. It’s just that there is no hysteria around the exercise. I’m not worried about PF, they are not that clever. NOBODY is cleverer than the Zambian people. No president lasts longer than the Zambian people. 2 of our former presidents are even dead. Some presidents are mourned, while others are regarded as good riddnace when they die. Sata will have to choose between the two. That is his decision, alone. If he fucks up, a lot of us will take it to be good riddance when he dies. Finito.

    • zagwa zatha  November 13, 2012 at 16:24

      Owu mulola Wendi,

      That information about registering all simcards bought in the UK is inacurate, you can go a corner shop, News agent or vendors and buy a pay as you go sim card and not get registered, only those bought from mobile phone providers are registered – get your facts right mate!!

  16. Ku Masangalatoni--Lekeni HH ateke  November 13, 2012 at 15:06

    In the UK, SIM card “registration” is mainly done on phones that on contract. Pay As You Go phones are not necessarily registered. This is cleverly done when you buy a phone with SIM card using a credit/debit card. They won’t ask you to fill out a phone. But this be as it may, it is not for nefarious purposes. The police and security forces get high court permission to monitor any phone where they suspect terror or criminal intent and purpose. So, people, don’t speak from ignorance about the UK. The Pama Fi government just wants to shut people up and besides, the ZICTA chaps are i.d.i.o.t.a, this whole process can be done online without people having to queue up at some dinghy office!

  17. Plastic man  November 13, 2012 at 14:31

    Its very normal iwe WD. Just go and register your SIN Card

  18. Eya eee!  November 13, 2012 at 14:08

    But mwandi this is scary – i have not even registered mine yet…!

  19. rabson mwanza  November 13, 2012 at 12:54

    there’s nothing wrong with sim registration,zambia a bit too late for this exercise.i was required to register my sim in seira leone in 2010.let RB find out how it has worked there.the quilty are afraid.

    • jobbing in the diaspora  November 13, 2012 at 17:39

      please how do u compare Zambia to war torn countries. there is a reason for that in countries like that. its understandable.

  20. brown mwimpangubo  November 13, 2012 at 12:32

    Don’t worry America will help us as they helped Sata, he can’t rig in case thats what is in his head! Secondly, Op plz collect all data about Sata from the tym he was a constable up 2 Presidency, we need it after 2016, Immunite is a non-starter in his case….

  21. Umkonto We Sizwe  November 13, 2012 at 12:17

    Too bad bros and siss. I use a satellite phone and I wont need to register it.

  22. Hippo  November 13, 2012 at 12:00

    What makes this exercise look suspicious is that the information used is exactly the same as the information used to get a voter’s card. Even though SIM card registration is done in other countries, far less details are used. In South Africa for example, only your name, physical address and ID number are required. It is true that MMD started the idea of SIM card registration. However, in implementation, they intended to use only the name and NRC of the person.

  23. COONDE  November 13, 2012 at 11:26


  24. YMCNP  November 13, 2012 at 11:21

    How can you compare UK and US to Zed? Continue supporting sim registration and see where it will take you- mind you human rights are strongly safeguarded in those countries. But if you are victimised in Zed who will come to your rescue?

  25. Donqueen  November 13, 2012 at 10:48

    …And not 2011.

  26. Donqueen  November 13, 2012 at 10:47

    I believe this Statutory instrument was passed by the MMD government in 2009 and 2012.

  27. dingi wa dingi  November 13, 2012 at 10:46

    The issue of capturing sim card numbers appears to have been misunderstood to be for rigging the next elections.Far from that.It is common sense with the high level of crime it may help to find people running away after breaking the law.
    Last month in Kenya 1 million people who refused to register their sim cards had them deregistered by the state. So it has nothing to do with
    rigging elections.

    • Zaza  November 14, 2012 at 15:24

      You do not know what you are talking about.

      The RIGHTS of Zambians is under SERIOUS threat.


      In a country where the Police or Office of the President officers are NOT PROFESSIONAL, the information will be used to victimize citizens.

  28. victor  November 13, 2012 at 10:43

    it’s global. I remember when I went to Indian, it was difficult to buy a simcard.

  29. ..  November 13, 2012 at 10:26


Comments are closed.