BUUMBA CHIMBULU writes
GOVERNMENT has put in place Special Joint Cybercrime Crack Squad (SJCCS) to bring sanity among digital platform users in Zambia, says Minister of transport and communication, Brian Mushimba.
Mr Mushimba explained that the SJCCS would support the identification of investigative overlaps and eliminate duplicity of resources while bringing about rapid resolution of cybercrime cases and fast-track prosecution of the offenders.
He said the SJCCS was an effort of collaboration among security agencies and other stakeholder groups.
Mr Mushimba said this in a statement obtained by the Sun.
“To mitigate against abusive and illegal use of digital platforms and vulnerabilities amongst and against Zambian citizens, Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications has spearheaded the formation of a SJCCS.
“SJCCS has been established with the understanding that the ability to reduce risks brought about by the digital revolution requires the establishment of effective and efficient real-time and proactive strategies,” he said.
In a statement, the minister said, he would ensure that public digital platforms including social media were not used as vehicles for illegal and harmful activities.
Mr Mushimba said the wider and increased availability to the digital platforms such as the internet and mobile technology has led to some individuals using ICTs to propagate illegal vices.
He said such strategies could be developed and implemented through enhanced and improved collaboration between key cross-sectoral stakeholders.
“The adaptation of this multi-disciplinary collaborative approach reinforces Government’s commitment to introducing measures and policies that will promote a safe, secure, resilient, reliable and inclusive ICT sector for increased and continued investment and development in Zambia,
“The Ministry remains committed to promoting responsible and productive use of digital platforms. Further we condemn all forms of cybercrime and the harmful use of social media,” he said.