Phone tapping primitive politics, says GYZ

TAPPING people’s phone conversations is a primitive way of doing politics and should not be entertained, says the Gallant Youth in Zambia (GYZ) executive director Henry Mulenga.

He said those involved should desist from engaging in actions that border on tampering with personal and private affairs especially through phone tapping because it posed a risk to national security.

“This act is not only primitive but criminal and needs to be adequately addressed. Otherwise it can pose a danger to national security,” he said.

He advised politicians not to play such type of politics of phone tapping as it was bound to put innocent people at risk.

“The greatest worry is the motive behind tapping, even Government officials’ phones. This must not be something that can be entertained by well-meaning Zambians,” he said.

Mr Mulenga said as Zambia headed to the polls anything that appeared to pose a danger to the country’s security should be dealt with immediately.

He called on the law enforcement officers to expeditiously move in and bring to book the perpetrators of criminal acts.

“If indeed our national security has to be protected, we need to flush out criminal elements in our society who do not want to see a peaceful Zambia,” he said.

Mr Mulenga appealed to the Zambia Information and Technology Communication Authority (ZICTA) to seriously reconsider such cases by protecting the privacy of every individual when their rights were infringed.

“The communication authority is mandated to ensure everyone’s privacy is protected. Failure to which, they pose a danger to the public.

‘‘I am convinced beyond doubt that this thing of reckless phone tapping is wide-spread and might bring confusion especially that the country is headed for elections,” he said.

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