Gen Miyanda opposes deactivation of simcards

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By Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda

As the deadline for the abrogation of some citizens’ liberties arrives, I urge the PF Government NOT to disable any of the cell-phone facilities as advertised by ZICTA. I also call upon all citizens who value their inalienable rights to brace themselves in 2014 to participate in a crusade to restore those rights.

Some time ago I canvassed for a possible class action against the registration of sim-cards. Regrettably there may have been a lack of understanding of what a class action is as some assumed that I was personally to sue the State. A class action is one that is initiated or supported by a cross section of aggrieved citizens of on a matter of common interest. Since there was no positive response I concluded that citizens were not concerned about the serious threat to their rights that had arisen through the new sim-card legislation. Litigation is costly and time-consuming.

However recently I became aware of one concerned citizen who has expressed similar concerns to mine. It is his statements that have encouraged me to revive the “sim-card crusade”, even though it appears that there are only the two of us. I believe that there are always the usual ‘silent majority’ who, if made to understand what is at stake, may come out of their comfort zones to hunt a rogue elephant!

Our complaints have fallen on Government’s deaf ears. The Government is using the public media to take advantage of the ‘ignorant majority’, by highlighting the “security and recovery of lost phones” aspect, which several Zambians have latched on and have thus become the Government’s mouth-pieces to further spread the misinformation. Remember that when politicians are looking for votes they come before you, humbly, with cap in hand, even kneeling before you. But after you elect them they reveal their true selfish colours, vultures with an appetite for devouring anything in sight. Before it is too late I urge you to open your eyes and recognise once again their calculated lies and deception and insist that these rulers face you and answer your concerns. The President must be directly challenged to answer truthfully all concerns live on television and radio.

Remember also that there was a rider to the announcements, that those who do not register will have their cell-phones, i-phones, i-pads, modems/dongos and other such essential communication equipment disabled! And last Friday ZICTA revealed that one of the services to be disabled is the use of the SMS as a means to communicate. Clearly this means that they will stop citizens from COMMUNICATING with one another by using the phone and similar gadgets. This is a direct assault on several protected rights, including those in Articles 11 and 20. We shall be contending that there should be no abridgement of or arbitrary derogation from the protected rights in Part Three of the Constitution.

Fellow Zambians, the circumstances under which the Government has introduced this latest law are worrying, particularly due to the conduct of the Head of State. This record should convince all Zambians, including PF members and sympathisers that the PF regime CANNOT fairly superintend this piece of legislation which bears directly on certain civil liberties.

I wish to remind citizens of a warning I gave in my first analysis of the PF government’s first anniversary in a paper entitled ‘The Performance of the PF Thus far’ dated 15th October 2012 (published by The Post on 18th October 2012 and the Daily Nation on October 2012). Inter alia I wrote: “….Before implementation the proposal must be subjected to public debate in order for the real promoters of this policy to justify their intentions. …………. It is disconcerting that at this same time the President has declared that there is nothing wrong with the Public Order Act – when combined with the sim-card scheme this is an ominous declaration! ……If the PF does not rescind or suspend the sim-card exercise I would personally advocate for a class action in court so that many citizens join as litigants to stop this unjustified erosion of our constitutional rights. This scheme must not be implemented; but if it has to be, then certainly not under the presidency of President Sata!” End of quote.

That was over one year ago. As I write this paper there is direct evidence of continued abuse of our Constitution and other laws. Latest examples include the reported deployment of 400 police officers around the Chitimukulu Palace, 50 police officers to prevent Mr Geoffrey Mwamba to be interviewed on Radio Mano. Just today (30th December) the Technical Committee on the Constitution has succumbed to PF pressure NOT to release copies of their report to the public but to Government only, in breach of President Sata’s own Terms of Reference.

Additionally, the President is on record having rejected the Attorney General’ advice, his Chief Legal Advisor, NOT to transport non-gazetted persons as chiefs from Muchinga to Lusaka, and declaring “I will show you that I am more powerful than the Attorney General”!

I thus urge all concerned citizens in 2014 to speak out against this arbitrary law which has relegated some of our liberties to the dust bin. This is a non-partisan appeal. Let us persuade the Government to suspend the implementation of this programme until concerns raised are addressed and certain safeguards have been put in place.

GODFREY MIYANDA,
BRIGADIER GENERAL,
A CONCERNED CITIZEN
[30TH DECEMBER 2013]

To: GRZ
ZICTA
Political parties
MPs
Media
LAZ
Civil Society (including faith-based organisations )
Workers’ Organisations
Student Organisations
The General Public

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31 Responses to Gen Miyanda opposes deactivation of simcards

  1. @ Brains not Blood,i was nearly retorting with a vitriolic statement until i realised that wait a minute, this person has referred to Western province and its people but i am a National of Barotseland so his words do not technically refer to me or any of my people. As you may be aware provinces do not sign international bilateral agreements like was done between Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland. We will not dignify your sentiment with a response that matches your level of intelligence.Bo Sibwiidu, Bo Sara,Bo Maverick et al, let us go easy on this person as you might injure him with reason and logic.May we not shower them with obscenities as this will lower our spiritual and intellectual standing.Our focus should be redirected. We wish him/her all the peace they will give themselves. In the meantime,brace yourselves!!!!!

    Kozo

    Barotse Patriot - January 7, 2014
    12:51

  2. PF is misleading Zambia

    Boyd - January 4, 2014
    21:30

  3. My spouse has a GSM android phone. I can track the phone to 2 meters using my phone or any net connection. The phone used to be mine and I installed a tracker on it just in case I lost it. I traded it with my hubby, he’s a techno phobe and would be happy with a ZTE.

    Now I stopped calling him to find out where he is. I just log on and locate “his” phone. He cannot hide from me anywhere where there is a GSM signal. I can even even track his text messages and phone log.

    Using wikimapia, I have Lusaka mapped down to roads and houses. If he “strays”, I’ll know where to look for my phone.

    Dirty Diana - January 2, 2014
    14:55

  4. I have always been against the idea of sim registration because it is politically motivated. It has been introduced so thatt government can keep tabs on opposition and its own people. Whereas sim rregistration may have its benefits in regards to security but in our political landscape this information is going to be abused by successive governments.

    Zicta has failed to highlight what measures have been put in place to protect this vital private information (they are collecting) from misuse and abuse. Is this information going to be accessable to Mobile service providers? What measures have they got for security?

    Bottom line is Sata in his bid to hold on to power and ammass all power rushed into this. It is a risk to national security and prone to abuse and it will also hurt PF no doubt

    ninshi - January 1, 2014
    06:43

  5. The secular world is making preparations for the “False Prophet” to be reviewed. This requires a Communist type of economy with all citizens of the world under monitoring and scrutiny to sort out opponents. In due course phone numbers will be required to be linked to a persons with known places of abode and national ID. In advanced economies, this has already happened. The question is, why does Zambia, a 3rd world country want to be in the forefront in welcoming the “False Prophet”? Let other countries lead in this and we can lag behind, still enjoying our freedom of speech on phones, etc!!!

    True Prophet - January 1, 2014
    01:15

  6. muli bachabechabe bafikala ba pf gov……..

    sonick - December 31, 2013
    19:06

  7. muli bachabechabe bafikala…….

    sonick - December 31, 2013
    19:05

  8. kaya tuzacita bbwanji “twamubona -bona.

    RICHARDS MWEENE - December 31, 2013
    17:39

  9. Perhaps what can have a significant impact on preventing theft of mobile phones is the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (or IMEI) which is usually a unique number to identify a mobile phone, sometimes called a Serial number. The IMEI number can be used by service provider for stopping a stolen phone from accessing their network. The owner can instruct them to “black-list” their st0len phone using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless on that network and where there’s cooperation, on other networks too, whether or not the phone’s SIM is changed.

    Maverick - December 31, 2013
    17:24

    • BGGM alone seems to be the only voice of reason in this country. he has demonstrated on many occasions that this man is truly serving the interests of Zambians.

      I’m not very privy to the arguments advanced by the government and their agency ZICTA for requiring citizens to register their SIM cards. However, the reasons of “security and recovery of lost phones” pointed above by BGGM are bad excuses. Registration of SIM cards alone can’t stop theft of mobile phones and I say that because I know a thing or 2 about mobile communication technology. All the th!ef has to do is remove the SIM card from his st0len mobile phone and throw it in the t0!let and replace it with his.

      Maverick - December 31, 2013
      17:34

  10. The general has a point! Let us not bring in issues of tribe in important national issues. Remember no tribe is superior or above others.It boggles my mind one tribe always think they are better than others!!!!!!!!!!

    Stewart Lundulanga - December 31, 2013
    17:05

  11. You are quite right Gen. I have not registered mine because I do not see good reason(s) for doing so. The reasons given are too trivial.

    I find myself having to release my personal details to an unknown people, what do they want mydetails like NRC number, my full names, my current address, etc etc. What are they going to do with all peoples’s details?
    Very concerned citizen

    kande kandeke - December 31, 2013
    14:50

  12. The problem is that the Zambian population is collectively stupid,naive and don’t seem to know what they want from politicians. Western province populations tops that list of stupid people, people with small brains and easily cheated.

    ZICTA needs to produce statistics to show how many cell phones have been reported stolen and further show how registration will reduce that theft. ZICTA can’t show that information, but the foolish population of Zambia is failing to stand up to a Grade 2 President.

    Brains not blood - December 31, 2013
    14:34

    • You must be a moron without brains to throw a blanket statement about people from Western Province. what is it that we have done to you people? It is such kind and many more useless talk that people from western province wouldn’t want to associate with fools like you.
      Crawl back in your mothers stinking c**t and remain there with your negative attitude you imbecile

      Sibwiidu - December 31, 2013
      15:55

    • What did you say about Western Province? You must be very sick!

      Sara - December 31, 2013
      16:19

    • @ Brains not blood – December 31, 2013 14:34

      You may be right but the naivety is from the entire population of Zambians. Not sure what evidence you are basing your allegations on to single out the people of Western Province but judging by the quality of politicians sent to parliament to represent us, I would argue the people of Western Province are probably much better compared to those from other regions, particularly those from Luapula, Northern and Muchinga Provinces. These are the regions who are accused of voting purely on tribe and they are the regions who give us these same bad politicians including the current and past presidents in the first place.

      Only the L0zis have publicly let known of their dissatisfaction with the current and past politics and have even gone to j@il for it.

      Maverick - December 31, 2013
      18:05

      • And in case you forgot L0zis started the first political party in the country; they started MMD due to dissatisfaction with UNIP rule. All these good intentions and efforts were frustrated by people from a well known region who hij@cked the movement every time.

        Maverick - December 31, 2013
        18:38

  13. NEVER ALLOW A GOOD GOVERNMENT THAT YOU TRUST, TO ENACT LAWS THAT ANOTHER GOVERNMENT COULD USE, TO HARM YOU.

    Charles - December 31, 2013
    14:33

  14. Sandhurst product not like PF call boys not even fit to be office orderlies and whose only qualification is to speak Bemba and thefty.

    Advocate - December 31, 2013
    14:27

  15. The country led by one man rule in the disguise
    Of serving the interest of the nation is the sad story and unfortunate situation in Zambia.
    Where are the MPs elected to decide on behalf of the Nation?
    Are they telling the nation that they are there only for the salary?
    GBM has shown maturity.We need leaders who do not follow blindly but are able to show the leader the RED card.
    Most of the activities must be corporate in nature other than one person show.Personal hatred must not be national hatred.Our Chitimuku issue is just personal hatred and amounts to abuse of authority.

    Mushima Kikonge - December 31, 2013
    14:22

  16. General how r u? Im still around u remem ber those two guys u were with at indeco when radio four was being introducd i have great respect for u pipo dont know u and they dont know what it means to b a general and they dont know that u can b the best presidnt regardless of not hving many followers but me who workd with u in the army i admire u you are a discplend full of intergrity and a humble man also u are a God fearing man God bless u

    honorable - December 31, 2013
    14:19

  17. Am abroad and my sim cards are roaming, should I go and see PF cadres at Zambian embassy in Pretoria or what?

    Umkhonto We Sizwe - December 31, 2013
    13:51

  18. I have not registered my phones…..waiting for a National Registration Card(NRC) of a deceased relative from the village! This could be another NIKUV!!

    Lyambai nuka yaluna - December 31, 2013
    13:10

  19. The sim registration exercise lives a lot to desire and a lot of questions unanswered . Why force people to register their SIM cards? These are surely the end times, it’s more less like people are forced to have the mark of the beast

    Worried citizen - December 31, 2013
    12:42

  20. But why hav u registered your sim? If u can register it means u knew the importance. why didnt u protest by not registering? Stop misleading pipo u re a finished General,concerntrate on putting fertilizer in your crops & let those who hav not registered do so coz we stil hav a few hours.

    Mwenya mwaume - December 31, 2013
    12:35

  21. But why hav u registered your sim? If u can register it mean u knew the importance why didnt u protest by not registering? Stop misleading pipo u re finished General,concerntrate on putting fertilizer in your crops & let those who hav not registered do so coz we stil hav a few hours.

    Mwenya mwaume - December 31, 2013
    12:34

    • He has not registered you fool.What are you,a grade 2 failure? Get back to nursery and learn how to read.

      Sibwiidu - December 31, 2013
      16:01

  22. I have great respect for you General.

    bushdoctor - December 31, 2013
    12:30

  23. Sir you are not alone if you called for a meeting where we can meet and plan this legal battle many can join you but we don’t know what to do and where to begin from ?we are like sheep be laid to the slaughter we need a sheep leader.

    Stanley nsofwa - December 31, 2013
    12:12

  24. another wel researchd piece frm the general. he always makes sense.

    bufi mafi - December 31, 2013
    12:09

    • Itole libiyo! Failed general would be a worse dictator!

      Amapuli - December 31, 2013
      14:21