Sata signs order for OP to tap phones, emails

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President Michael Sata has authorized the Office of the President Special Division to interfere or tap phone conversations and any other internet services including emails on anyone living in Zambia.

According to Intelligence sources, President Sata signed the Presidential Order two weeks ago. The intelligence sources said the President signed the Presidential order after receiving advice from Attorney General Mumba Malila.

According to the source, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA)Director General Margaret Chalwe Mudenda  has since written to all Mobile Phone Service Providers and Internet Service Providers (ISP).

The Intelligence source says ZICTA has written to these institutions to allow safe passage of Information Technology (IT) Specialists from the Office of the President and China. The source said a ten man team chaired by Office of the President Director of IT Francis Mwale has since started working on the assignment and have been visiting mobile phone companies to get insight on Network Architecture (Topology) so as to know where to interfere from.

The source said other members of the team  tasked to infringe the right to privacy of 13 million plus of Zambians and foreigners include Patrick Mutimushi Director of Technology and Engineering at ZICTA and Mr. Mwenya Mutale Manager Standards also from ZICTA.

“They have already started their work. The team is headed by Francis Mwale Director IT OP. They have been visiting service providers so as to understand the topology of network. For those who may not know, it (topology) is  appreciating the network architecture. things like where the servers are so that they know whether to install their interception devices”, The source said.

The source said the team together with the Chinese experts have already started trials at Zamtel so the chances are that using Zamtel facilities may be used as a testing device.

“Inform your readers on Zamtel network that they should even consider throwing away their Sim Cards because the system is currently being used” the source said.

The Intelligence source said though the exercise is legal because it was passed under the ICT Act of 2010, there is no guarantee that it will not be abused by law enforcement agencies. The source said it was this lack of guarantees that former President Rupiah Banda refused to sign the Presidential Order because he thought it could lead to abuse of human rights as it could promote blackmail and extortion.

“President Banda refused to sign the order because he said it could lead to serious crimes such as blackmail and extortion because a law enforcement agent would simply monitor your email or phone conversation and come to you to say I you want to pay less duty or your vehicle in Nakonde give me K 2 million” the source said.

The source said Banda also refused because it meant revoking an order that liberilised the International Gate way so as to compel all ISP’s to use the Zamtel (Mwembeshi) satellite.

The insider said President Sata wants to instill fear in citizens such that if one wants to have a private conversation with his or her parents in the village, that person has to travel to the village.

The source said Zambia is slipping back to UNIP days when one could even stop on the middle of the road once the National Anthem started playing.

Apart from Airtel, MTN and Zamtel, the senior security officer said the following organizations that have ZICTA licenses may be bugged.

Zesco, CEC Liquid Telecommunication Limited, Iway Africa Zambia, Africa connect Zambia, Wimax Zambia, Pronet Africa, Baobab Networks, Iburst Zambia Limited, Foris Zambia, Comium Data Zambia, Bring.com Zambia, MTN Business Solutions, Postlink Limited, Epochal Digital Technologies, Quick Edge Limited, Coppernet Solutions, Zamnet Communication Systems, Reliance Wimax Zambia, Microlink Zambia Limited, Pronet Zambia Limited, Real Time Zambia, Smartnet Networks Limited, Data Speed Limited, BHP Billiton, Alios Finance, Impala Warehouse and Logistics Zambia Limited, Eco-Bank Zambia, Kenya Airways, Concern Worldwide, Stanbic Bank, Railway Systems of Zambia, ZANACO, Atlas Copco Zambia, Care International, Erickson AB Zambia, Tazama Pipelines, Northrise University, Sita-Zambia, Bwana Mkubwa FQM, Backlays Bank, Dunavant Zambia, Zambia Prevention Care and treatment Partnership, World Vision Zambia, Zambia Sugar, Zambia Revenue Authority, Konkola Copper Mines, Road Transport and Safety Agency, NAPSA, Standard Chartered Bank, Allterrain Services, Shoprie and Bank of China.

Other institutions to e monitored are Lumwana Mining, Game Stores, Sabot Zambia, Mtarget Zambia, Total Zambia, Muvi Television, Albidon mining, Dimension Data Zambia Limited, Capital Drilling, Izwe Loans, Thunderbolt Electrical, Bank of Zambia,  Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, Plan International, Massnet Innovation Solutions, Hyspec Africa Zambia Limited, Roke Telkom Limited, VPS Zambia Limited, Access Bank Zambia, Zambia Breweries, Preworx Limited,ACME Technology Limited, Citi Bank, SNV Zambia, Toyota Zambia, Lafarge Cement, Koza telecoms limited, National Breweries, FNB Zambia, Internet Technology Zambia Limited, Ausdrill, National Servings and Credit Bank, Multi- Choice Zambia, A Plus Technology Limited, Transaction Payment Solutions Zambia Limited, United for Africa, Finance Bank Zambia, Bank ABC, Bell Zambia Equipment Limited, Alliance One Zambia Limited, Zambia Research Education Network, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Momentum Zambia and Metal Fabricators of Zambia.

So not only is your phone likely to be bugged but also if you are going to use the phones or internet services of the above organizations. On Mobile Phone Service Providers, only Zamtel has started implementing this scheme. The Road transport and safety agency has also started implementing being government institutions.

The Watchdog is on top of things and will communicate as to when these other organizations start implementing the dictatorial scheme that aims at helping Sata rule with terror.

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222 Responses to Sata signs order for OP to tap phones, emails

  1. Mwana wesu tafikwete ichito,those things ar for specific pipo,

    Makolelwa - February 20, 2013
    20:58

  2. if i had known i’d get myself in this, honestly i would never have lifted my arm for him,
    he must not forget that there’s next term.
    okay.
    bafuna kugwila bandani?

    people will climatize to anything boss. you can even close all borders but a human being i meant to survive anything.

    ZERO - February 19, 2013
    18:31

  3. no more screts

    kambole - February 19, 2013
    11:55

  4. I really enjoy porno.

    grk - February 19, 2013
    10:44

  5. I now hate sataz reasoning

    Isaac banda - February 19, 2013
    08:57

  6. democracy in zambia is slowly coming to an end……

    simon - February 19, 2013
    08:35

  7. you pervert, i can say all the crappy things i want to about u, i have a freedom to speech, we will see how you will cope when u r out of that seat with all these restrictions you are bringing upon us………….before you make some of these decisions think of how you can cope if its you, is your personal adviser doing his job, if not, fire him but if you don’t have 1, hire one, grow up sata

    titi - February 19, 2013
    08:22

  8. MAY GOD SEE THESE INJUSTICES AND MAY SATA DIE. WE CANT LEAVE LIKE CHINESE ANIMALS IN CHINA WHO ARE EVEN CHOSEN THE INTERNET SITES THEY SHOULD VISIT. CHINA HAS TAKEN OVER ZAMBIA PERIOD. THIS IS THE BEGNING OF DOOM FOR US.

    kelly - February 19, 2013
    07:43

  9. When East Germany come up with the Berlin wall, its citizens found other innovations to bypass the wall. The then Government spent a lot of money in the maintainance of the way to an extent of neglecting basic national requirement. But now where is the Berlin wall?

    To those of our collegue in civil service, when you want to pass on data, observe the following:
    1) Never use your Zamtel line
    2) When you scan the Pdf document, save it on either an external personnal drive or your flush
    3) Use an internet cafe to email to ZWD
    4) Do not share you external drive
    5) If possible insure you have 2 email addresses one for business another for one Zambia one Nation
    6) On how to bypass your digital foot print, unfortunately, I would love to disclose this info due to making the other party aware,
    One Zambia One Nation
    Abash One Muchinga One Zambia.

    No Name - February 19, 2013
    07:40

  10. Ds is y we wer registarin sim cards? we nid privancy.we wl suffer.

    Royd - February 19, 2013
    07:26

  11. imbwa ilimu state house. we shall pray and God will answer us. Sata must DIE. yes his just has to die period. if it means doing juju to let his die, iam ready. Your days are numbered you idiot.

    Nkonde Katapa - February 19, 2013
    07:12

  12. HOW MUCH IS THE SATA GOVT SPENT ON THIS? This is from TAX PAYERS which is meant to improve alot of areas that need development and financial injection in order to save the suffering Zambians.

    The money could have better spent on ensuring Water and oxygen does not run out at UTH and the rest of the health centers.

    comic Sampa - February 19, 2013
    06:56

  13. I have been waiting for watchdog to break this story, as soon as I got wind of it I knew it would be leaked. They told ISP’s and operators not to tell their customers just then I knew this was bad, but I hoped and knew that via watchdog it would come out. ZICTA shame on you for. Participating in turning Zambia into a communist state Shame on all of you. I’m even ditching my Zamtel phone in protest

    mamama - February 19, 2013
    05:49

    • United states dollars (USD)5.7 million has been spent.
      an initial 2.1million has already been paid, the rest of the payment will be spread over 2 years.
      we were just asked to make the transfers with no questions asked, after which they collected the source documents (mafia style)

      by the way what our people dont know is that china will be using this installation for their espionage on zambia – how dull can our pipo be.

      kunyukuka - February 19, 2013
      07:05

      • This is abuse of office!

        tut - February 19, 2013
        09:11

  14. I have been longing for this for sometime now! Too much insults in the name of changed Names! After all everything we talk is recorded by service providers!! crooks are worried!!!!After. All it adds on to evidences needed in some cases.!!!Why other media are not worried?

    DK PLANET - February 19, 2013
    05:43

  15. @kutemba,ar u kutemba katongo former aradeso pupil?

    Kanyangu - February 19, 2013
    05:38

  16. No more porno

    akawa - February 19, 2013
    05:12

  17. I think what the gov is doing is for our own interests,
    Most of u guys just want to be political for no reason.
    10yrs down the line will be blamin OP for not having started tapping phone
    For those that plan evil against us.
    Its for national interest not personal interest, let’s not mix emotion
    With reasoning.
    I bet plans for our gov to look into buyin armour will be linked to politics.
    With vast and fast developing countries around us, its only reasonable our country which will soon be some of you’s country. A chance to step up with its security measures

    yo mama - February 18, 2013
    23:28

    • You are the one who is failing to reason. What about democracy don’t you understand? In other more developed places people are free to say want they want and oppose government, its only in places like China -and now Zambia- that leaders are so insecure. When will you people get it that we are now in a demonic, repressive regime? When the police are used to re-enact here what happend in tiannaman square? Don’t just be a Cadre following blindly stand for something, something that is right, maturity is knowing when to tell your own when their wrong.

      mamama - February 19, 2013
      05:56

    • Yo mama stop wasting our space and time! you mean u cant reason?? duh!!!

      WoG - February 19, 2013
      13:08

  18. We shud also think of how 2 tap govt communicationz like Asange & publish wh@ they r doing. So computer geniuses let’s hack OP & State house as well as tap their phones. When U hear Im locked up just know th@ they got me but I’ll live 2 b proud

    Inspector Nabs - February 18, 2013
    23:14

  19. This is just an intro, the real music from an album called dictatorship zambia has not yet started playing, i assure you that we are yet to dance the real tune of cobra’s 10 truck album(Ten commandments) .

    Proffessor - February 18, 2013
    22:36

  20. “There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.” — Mahatma Gandhi

    Inspector Nabs - February 18, 2013
    21:45

  21. OP will fail to maintain this monitoring system because they have no manpower, technology insights

    China has managed to put a National Firewall to block users from western media because they have the technology, money and manpower.

    IP or Internet Protocol is a very fast changing technology that one must keep up to learn how to decode and encode.

    You can bybass all this by just using Voice over IP with an encryption software now that we have Fibre Optic Technology. Or even by just buying and downloading digital certificates to seal your emails

    Sata & KK are very old school to understand this. In KK’s days it was easy to tap because technology was just PSTN Analogue Systems.

    *** This is to scare Zambians, to make them freeze their minds and thinking. *****

    OP will install gadgets from China, get excited in the first few weeks, but will fail to tap in all mobile internet, SMS users.

    All what they will do is to target the people they are after and blackmail the opposition MP’s to join PF

    We have school boys in Zambia catching up with technology all the time, whom OP will fail to monitor.

    So let them install the Monitoring System and we shall bring it down by just hacking it and kill it off, time after time

    Thereafter, give the people the Freedom to Express themselves online.

    It will not work on Mass National Count of the millions of Zambians using mobile services

    Its a dead project that will have a short life span

    Zambia Fear Not !!!

    INDEPENDENT OBSERVER - February 18, 2013
    21:43

    • Its even possible to get software to encode voice on Android phones, though the application is available elsewhere not on official Android market.
      Equally possible is to use emails and voice services hosted outside as data, could be bypass Zambias experiments

      Truth Seeker - February 19, 2013
      05:19

  22. AND THEN HOW WILL THE SIM REGISTRATIONS LIKE THIS CONTINUE?? NOW IT HAS BEEN REVEALED?

    NewZambia - February 18, 2013
    21:30

  23. you dont need a sociologist
    or a professor in political science to lecture you, zambia is going back to one party state whether one believes it or not.

    Cj Matisa - February 18, 2013
    21:04

  24. kani yalula.

    duze - February 18, 2013
    20:57

  25. if your debate on zwd is purely professional, not malicious, not slunderous, truthful and no insults then u have less to worry. Nevertheless, this rights muffling act is so backward. i m already sensing my privacy exposed. Namukazi wanga azaziba kuti ka mai nini kalipo.

    shokolokubbangosha - February 18, 2013
    20:47

    • You r a clown ba mudala

      Banda - February 19, 2013
      06:12

  26. There is nothing wrong to tape some lines, that is normal for national security.what we should know is that op protect every one in the country.they protect and advise the president on a number of issues.if i be come useless i will be reported and that is normal.

    MOSES EVARISTO - February 18, 2013
    20:38

    • NORMAL WHEN IT IS THEM IN POWER,WHY SHOULD THEY BE AFRAID OF WHAT THEY DID TO OTHERS HAPPENING TO THEM???THATS THE REASON FOR ALL THIS, THEY WILL PUT ALL THIS IN PLACE AND AFTER THEY ARE FINISHED, GOD WILL TURN IT AROUND FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSES ONLY, IT IS THAT TIME THAT IT WILL WORK AGAINST THEM…

      NewZambia - February 18, 2013
      21:23

  27. Lawful Interception is built into the GSM Technical standard itself. They only need 3 pieces of hardware in 3 places and voila! So if you’re a person of interest to Boma only way to keep your mobile communications private is via adequate encryption. Voice encryption. But who knows about that, right? But they can’t record ALL of the voice and text message communications of 8 million mobile users. It would need a farm of storage space and the kind of technical competence that government does not have right now. But if you’re a person of interest…

    Internet communications is another kettle of fish. Zambia’s internet architecture is haphazard and disparate. Thanks to independent private enterprise. If they have to see ALL the internet communications and be able to identify particular persons’ communications, they have to have ONE place where all of the Internet coming and out of Zambia is funneled. That is not easy. Alternative is to place little packet sniffer boxes everywhere and link them to some analysis centre. Deep packet Inspection boxes, for that matter. A messy alternative that will be difficult to keep secret.

    Andi - February 18, 2013
    20:15

  28. Now you understand why Sata was in such a hurry to reclaim back ZAMTEL? Since Zamtel controls the main satellite, this makes the other providers that use those facilities vulnerable. Why dont the companies mentioned in the report above take Zamtel to court, atleast that way we will know the extent of bugging. Its like sheep sheep come home, what are you afraid of. What is Sata afraid of?

    Chalo ni Chathu Tonse - February 18, 2013
    20:12

    • There is no such thing as the “main satellite” belonging to Zamtel. Technology has moved on and Mwembeshi is irrelevant right now. The bulk of international communications including internet are going via fiber cables.

      Andi - February 18, 2013
      20:25

    • Not all mobile providers use Zamtel gateway, they’ve their own now, regardless we should know that people always find a way in totalitarian countries and our Zambian technical people will find a way for those not able to keep their communications private.

      Truth Seeker - February 19, 2013
      05:26

  29. As a warrior, I am ready to loose everything I earned to win freedom.

    Mwindi - February 18, 2013
    19:46

  30. ITS NORMAL TO HAVE SUCH THINGS WHEN YOU ARE RULED BY LITTLE FRIGHTENED CON MEN

    Dr. Savimbi - February 18, 2013
    19:34

    • if you are not a crinimal, have nothing to fear…this done all over the world the reason terrorists are arrested.

      Habeene - February 18, 2013
      20:48

  31. iyee, shuwa?

    simbwindibwi - February 18, 2013
    19:33

  32. They will be “selective” targeting, mainly opposition leaders, their close associates etc. That’s what this is all about. The ordinary Zambian need not worry (apart from direct infringement of his or her rights and liberties).

    Terry Boy - February 18, 2013
    19:25