PF to spend more than US5 million to check citizens emails and phones

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Some of the main mobile phone service providers in Zambia has confirmed being approached by a team constituted by president Michael Sata to start tapping people’s emails and phone conversations.

And security sources have also disclosed that the Zambian government will send more than United States Dollars (USD)5.7 million and an initial US Dollars 2.1 million has already been paid while the rest of the payment will be spread over 2 years.

Sources with the Zambian government treasury and finance department said they were just asked to make the transfers with no questions asked.

Security wings also report that it is one way in which the Chinese government and businessmen will have an upper hand in business dealings in Zambia as they will have access to the Zambian contracts and other security information using this installation for their espionage on Zambia.

The Chinese government that is currently installing the system will also be in a position to spy on other governments and diplomatic activities, especially when it comes to capacity building in opposition and civil society organisations.

The named mobile and internet service providers said officers revealed by the Watchdog approached them last Wednesday to provide them with technical details of their network but were turned away because they did not have sufficient documents.

The service providers further said they needed clearance from their shareholders abroad to allow such an operation as it has repercussions on their investment who have strong values in confidentiality.

Sources from some service providers indicated that the PF government actions of intruding into people’s private conversations has the potential to affect investor confidence as people will be reluctant to subscribe to their networks or indeed speak for long periods on their phones, something that will affect revenue.

“You know what, when people speak for a long time on the phone, mobile phone company providers make more money. But you will now have a situation where people will merely call each other for setting-up interpersonal meetings to discuss confidential information, unlike in the past when others would even have mobile conference meetings”, sources said.

Sources also said there will a huge reductions in email subscriptions fees on platforms such as Coppernet, Zamnet, Iconnect,and others where people pay monthly fees as people will opt to set-up fake free private email addresses provided by gmail, yahoo and others.

The Watchdog yesterday revealed that president Sata signed an order to allow his security wings to check on people’s private mails and tap phones. See story here.

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141 Responses to PF to spend more than US5 million to check citizens emails and phones

  1. WE SHALL NOT SIT BACK AND WATCH OUR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY BE STEPPED ON.
    THIS IS NOT A THREAT BUT A FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM TO PRIVACY AND EXPRESSION. SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUE THIS PATH,WE SHALL RESPOND IN A CIVIL DEMONSTRATIVE MANNER NON LIKE BEFORE. WE TIRED OF LEAVING THINGS UN-SAID,GOD HELP OUR NATION

    ANONYMOUS

    Anonymous - February 20, 2013
    15:32

  2. Its good for our country its means we getting there but the only problem is it was supporse to be done in secret

    max - February 20, 2013
    08:15

  3. Prophet Chanda Chimba, III said be very careful with Sata the one you want to be president. Now you have him so just have him and have all that he has for you.

    Juicy Fruit - February 20, 2013
    04:56

  4. If Serpent Cobra Ukwa Sata CNP think that the chamba or ndowo he smoke yesterday will help him manage Zambia then his is a dull and fool idiot of a leader. Chibwi no plan and he will leave to regret why he become president for Zambia. His not the best but am idiot of a leaders without education. Why Zambia

    Volcanologist - February 19, 2013
    23:54

  5. If you are addicted to insulting leaders like some of you on this blog then you have every reason to be apprehensive especially if you live in Zambia.

    shamboko - February 19, 2013
    23:18

  6. First of all this blog page Really depicts the sheer stupidity of the. Zambian people, most of them anyway.as zambians we need to learn how to dialog.I really don’t understand why peoples privacy would be violated in that Way. If its true that A chinese firm is instaling the system that means the chinese government is also involced.in doing so the zambian goverment wil firstly loosse the confidence of its people and secondly zambia as a nation will be used in a much bigger power pla that is between the east and west.my fellow zambians be wise

    patriot M - February 19, 2013
    22:35

  7. Tonga site. Do not waste timé reading the shit from this site

    Waga - February 19, 2013
    20:23

    • Wikaletapo ichimusula chobe pano nakaili

      Lucifer jr - February 19, 2013
      20:42

    • shetani iwe..nani wakutuma??

      he-goat - February 19, 2013
      22:09

  8. if its true then surely this guy is dumber than i thought… and i wish the guys that will be listening to conversations to be strong, cozthis country is full of crapy phone calls and email exchanges…

    Django - February 19, 2013
    20:22

  9. Grapevine: Kaseba would love to stop her husband from conducting such dictatorial moves but is scared of being ‘fired with immediate effect’, loosing her K 1.5 billion annual slush fund to Suba if she takes over as first lady.

    Kays - February 19, 2013
    19:41

  10. Government by voyeurism!

    Knownymous - February 19, 2013
    19:04

  11. You he is just watching himself on the screen and you call that knowing how to use a computer……

    Munanga. - February 19, 2013
    18:38

    • he was watching IRIS’s video

      makhani - February 20, 2013
      00:06

  12. welcome to big brother Zambia.its the all seeing eye?

    THE ALL SEEING EYE - February 19, 2013
    17:54

  13. Let them arrest all of us…let them build more prisons to create space coz we aint gonna stop till abuse of power and taking us for granted stops.

    Democracy…

    Freelance Politician - February 19, 2013
    17:42

  14. As bloggers, we should just nickname him again so that he has no case against you in the courts!

    2013! - February 19, 2013
    16:20

    • I propose we nickname him Mwine mushi.
      Mwine mushi we will soon regret your moves to partner with China

      Jacob Zume - February 19, 2013
      20:43

  15. But why are we letting these fools to do this? I am really getting annoyed. It is unfortunate that we do not have Tahir Square in Lusaka or any big town in Zambia. We need a huge protest sustained for a long period to bar this dictator from messing us up. Zambia will outlive Sata and therefore he must not think that he can do things to suit himself or his Poor Finisher organisation that only he is holding together. God hear our Prayer. Dear God, are you going to watch us be ill-treated by a mortal soul like this. Are you going to allow blood to be shed before things can get better. God help us. Thy shall not allow this dictator to consolidate his dictatorship position. Save us from the venom of this serpent Lord, we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Straight Talk Zambia - February 19, 2013
    16:12

  16. No more saying bad things about PF or face the law. Nikuvomeleza olo viyipe bwanji! Intimidation at it’s best!

    2013! - February 19, 2013
    15:50

  17. time for dictators is long gone..God answer our prayers..someone ha to bid farewell to this beloved mother earth..!

    blacky - February 19, 2013
    14:54

  18. ba watchdog and bloggers help hh & the retired pastor to recruit new members to lead our two major opposition parties.everyday i m getting oncerned at the type of leadership they are portraying.one thing they should realise is that they shouldnt b using president satas strategies when he was in the opposition.let them find other people with different strategies to lead the major opposition parties which we very much need to make checks and balances to the ruling pf govt.this is really a different baii game.so i suggest that hh steps aside nd be replaced by say honourable request mutanga or we go for a woman honourable mutinta mazoka.then pastor mumba should be replaced by say honourable musokotwane or somebody from north western pronvince.pipo i m telling you if you leave these two leaders to lead the opposition come 2016 the pf will go unopposed. ask major robby chizyuka who knows very well his execellence the presido mr sata,he thinks ahead.so upnd and mmd concentrate in recruiting new members in other provinces and let the livingstone and mpongwe by elections act as a litmus test whether you are going in the right direction with your two leaders or not.and my other advice to opposition political parties avoid allainces of convieniece.we all know that mumba cannot work with hh.or again we can find that mumba has been given a position in uk as you know our pastor likes good things as you always see from his dressing.he is always smart.

    ck kayz - February 19, 2013
    13:56

    • Whatever you call yourself leave HH & MUMBA alone please motherfucker

      chiang - February 19, 2013
      15:33

  19. Can sata use a computer?

    London - February 19, 2013
    13:28

    • YES< u cant see that he is on one

      Kamuba a maano - February 19, 2013
      16:11

  20. What else can b said,this govt has failed democracy,let us stand up against this old donkey shit together.

    Jefferson Moses Nyambe - February 19, 2013
    13:27

  21. @Andi & x-factor
    i love your postings.insults only expose someone’s lack of objectivity and intelligent analysis.lets criticise objectively so that we expect a positive outcome from the relevant authority.

    isaiah - February 19, 2013
    13:25

  22. This is a matter of national security besides all countries are doing so why not Zambia? Viva PF for protecting our country.

    Prince 2 - February 19, 2013
    13:12

    • National security against which enemies? Other countries are our friends!

      This is against the Zambian people! The very ones that voted them into power.

      Miodon - February 19, 2013
      17:43

    • Now you my friend are either Sata himself or just too dump to support such crap… and to think we have people who think like this in this time and age… yaba

      Django - February 19, 2013
      20:14

    • This kind of security is meant for countries that have terrorists. Honestly, who can terrorize Zambia? Is it Mumba or HH. What kind of insecurity is the Sata government portraying? Zambia should be free to speak their minds. All Zamians should stand together and abash dictatorship and welcome Democracy.

      King George III - February 20, 2013
      07:45

  23. Zambians,plz wake-up.Leadership from God is not a terror to the citizens–Romans13:3.If God allows a leader who is a terror,it’s for the pipo to learn something and repent, so as to make a better decision next time around.So Zambians,I hope you have seen this Sata’s rulership to be a terror.Repent and make a Godly decision next time around.Voting under the influence of the Holy Spirit and not the influence of the demonic spell.

    Litiya Kayula - February 19, 2013
    13:11

    • E bungwo bu. Last year we won the AFCON, God was on our side. What good did we do? Nothing! Now he is punishing us with this mediocre leadership. What wrong did we do? Nothing!

      What does God want us to repent from? Do you know? How did you know? When did you know?

      Please people stop cheapening God!

      If you have nothing to say, keep quiet.

      Sosikisi - February 20, 2013
      05:08

  24. MTN South Africa you can roam with it here.
    we just have to start roaming.

    Thats the other alternative

    jb - February 19, 2013
    13:03

  25. Alarmists! Be positive for once, you are polluting people’s minds.

    Jacky Gondwe - February 19, 2013
    12:31

    • TELL THEM,THAT IT DOES NOT PAY

      GEN K - February 19, 2013
      12:59

  26. Zambia is ready for a revolution, but this will need courageous men and women. Men with the calibre of mwamba luchembe or late captain solo.

    leading inventions - February 19, 2013
    12:05

    • DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT,THIS MEDIA ABUSE AT ITS GREATEST HEIGHT.THERE IS NEED TO CASTRATE THE WATCHGARU IMMEDIATELY

      GEN K - February 19, 2013
      13:01

    • Lets see you start and you will see how you will have those gangling things between your legs squeezed…yamba tione!

      xfactor - February 19, 2013
      13:04

      • Leka chimbwi no plan adelele uzaona panyo pako, afunse munzake kaunda ati chimankala bwanji

        Lucifer jr - February 19, 2013
        20:52

    • GEN K and X factor, we know dictatorships thrive on threats like you are making but once the revolution starts you will never be able to stop it.

      Kays - February 19, 2013
      19:38

  27. guys you have seen CNP? he is watching pictures of Mathani on that laptop.

    back bencher - February 19, 2013
    11:28

    • Spending USD5million to save the life of a dying monkey valued at Kr1,000. What a waste.

      Sway - February 19, 2013
      12:08

  28. If a random posts something that irks Boma and they want to know whodunit here’s what will need to happen:

    1. They will need to have logged every single website visit from every single subscriber of all 3 mobile subscribers.

    2. They will need to sift through this data to narrow down on the number of randoms who visited the site within, say, 2 minutes before and after the comment was posted.

    3. With that list, they would need to now pull out the actual record of the data that was exchanged with the ZWD and confirm who uses the username of interest. This assumes that the mobile operator in question has money to waste by recording all this otherwise useless data, OR that the Boma will use part of this money to store all this data…hmmm.

    4. With that they will get the Internet Protocol (IP) address and mobile number of the responsible random. May be to be sure, they will monitor the user for a while.

    5. They confirm. They have your number , they know who you are and game is over. But has you can see from the steps above, it takes quiet some work to do it. On top of this, some of the comments come from overseas. Unless this website itself is compromised, there is no way they can keep tabs on those. By the way this site is hosted in Sweden and is in pretty safe hands.

    Unless you have something to gain out of it, avoid using insults in your criticism. Aside from the fact that it is childish, it is a very weak way to make your case. Especially avoid insulting the president. It is possible to be respectfully critical.

    andi - February 19, 2013
    11:26

    • Andi…Love your conclusion! It does not pay to call the Head of State all sorts of unprintables!.Just make your case and you will have sent your message period. Blog logically and with ethics! I have never known Zambia to have been from a culture of those four letter word insults…this is not America. This is Zambia Love it or get out!!!

      xfactor - February 19, 2013
      13:02

      • you chi xfactor: when you hear people say that this is hot saet that is what it means. he is a servant. you and your wife insult your servant even when is doing right thing we know you. that chap is been hired by us to do our work. if he is not doing the right thing people will use the best language he understand most so that he does sleep on the steering. if you and him are saint leave this game because zambia you love most have got diverse characters. some tribes speaks well with insults. ngati mwaufya insele nishi bamilumbula bashi mwana. so waufwa chikala

        mwinemushi - February 19, 2013
        14:24

      • Get out and go where?

        Sosikisi - February 20, 2013
        05:15

    • The USA has a system, very sophisticated system that records ALL (word and letter) conversations sent in e-form. It matters not where you are on planet earth. It is a multi-billion dollar white elephant. It is used, instead, to capture business information to enhance U.S. positions in global business. It was difficult to run for the purpose it was intended so it was relegated to plan B.

      What the PF government is attempting was tried in the early years of MMD. Then Z did not have experienced IT personnel to operate it efficiently. They may have some now but they are inexperienced to operate a system such as described. To start with, it has to be built.

      Bringing in the Sino connection might change dynamics. I don’t see that getting very far either. At the very least, it will only alienate this government from the people. Assuming this article has an element of truth to it. What we must guard against, however, is the peace of this country. It is too expensive to trade with the presidency.

      Sosikisi - February 20, 2013
      05:28

  29. IF THIS IS TRUE, ITS REGRETTABLE.

    HOWEVER, I.T. DEVELOPED COUNTRIES SUCH AS INDIA, USE THE PHONE FACILITY SO WELL, SUCH THAT ON ARRIVAL YOU EVEN GET CONNECTED AUTOMATICALLY TO RELEVANT EMBASSY OFFICIALS OF YOUR COUNTRY.

    BUT IF THIS IS BEING DONE TO SETTLE OLD AND POLITICAL SCORES, THEN IT IS ILL TIMED AND THE PEOPLE WILL RESIST IT.

    KNOWING THE DOCILITY IN THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE, THIS IS ANOTHER CASE WHICH WILL BRING GRUMBLING AND LATER DIE A NATURAL DEATH.

    BY THE WAY, WHAT PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED TO HIRE THE CHINESE IN THE NAME OF SECURITY? I NEVER SAW THAT ADVERT AND I AM SURE WITH MY SKILLS AND EXPECTING MORE MONEY IN MY POCKET, I WOULD HAVE TEAMED UP WITH MY INDIAN STRATEGIC PARTNERS TO ALSO COMPETE.

    AKASHAMBATWA - February 19, 2013
    11:07

    • @Aka,india is doing the same,i believe they forced blackberry for acces to the system,i dont know if blackberry yielded.

      Puungwa - February 19, 2013
      15:48

      • Has the Zesco relinquished the internet pipeline to Zamtel? It makes no different anyway. GRZ controls both ZESCO and ZAMTEL, it is easy to intercept signals at Mwembeshi and Zesco pipeline.

        Sosikisi - February 20, 2013
        05:32

  30. Someone just wants to make big cash from Satas fear of HH. There are more than 7,000,000 subscribers to the three phone networks in Zambia. I wonder how posible it is for the shushushus to listern to all phone conversations made at every given minute. Sata is very dull indeed. Some smart guy in his government wants to reap big from this cos i don’t think Zambians will stop voicing out their displeasure against the PF.

    I hate Bembas - February 19, 2013
    11:00

    • I dont think the idea is to listen to all subscribers but to target opponents, its not possible to be big brother to every subscriber, imaging the labour that will be required to just monitor 10 teenagers gossiping?

      chunky lafunga - February 20, 2013
      12:27

  31. It will be good, because even the opposition can set up there tapping cartels to check on the government. It will be a two way thing…. Communism at work.

    NetStar - February 19, 2013
    10:56

  32. I really agree with poeple saying this phone/email taping will work against the government. Sata is too dull to think all the people he has put in key positions are very loyal to him. They accepted those jobs just to feed their families. With this taping shit, some of these leaders, for reasons best known to themselves, will be leaking big government secrets to the media and Sata and the PF’s will regrate.

    J J - February 19, 2013
    10:39

    • Spot on. This is why Lubinda has not been officially let go. Some big wigs behind this administration are tired of defending the incompetence of the head honcho.

      Sosikisi - February 20, 2013
      05:36

  33. Bashi Gerald we are pleading with you to make a better not a destroyd Zambia

    Peace Maker - February 19, 2013
    10:39