Current Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Lawyers, Senior Civil Servants, Security agents, Businessmen and women and Journalists are among several of the people Airtel Zambia diverted their communication to and from two Lusaka based Journalists numbers.
According to several documents uncovered in an investigation, a total of 225 phone conversations were intercepted between 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, the two journalists who are victims of the phone tapping have sued Airtel Networks for US10million in the Lusaka High Court. According to a search conducted at the High Court, the two Journalists Thomas Allan Zgambo and Clayson Hamasaka in an affidavit filed say they have irrefutable evidence which they will provide at trial that text messages to and from their phone numbers were diverted to phone numbers 0971016338,0971016340,0971016316 and 0971016329 all registered in the name of Evaristo Phiri. On documents seen by the Zambian Watchdog, a number of notable third parties had their rights to privacy infringed by communicating to the two journalists. In order to respect the privacy of these third parties, their phone numbers will not be published but among the notable people are Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya then opposition MMD Petauke Central Member of Parliament, Dr. Nevers Mumba MMD President, Levy Ngoma former Member of Parliament for Sinda, Munji Habeenzu former Chinkakata MP, Garry Nkombo MP for Mazabuka, Richard Kapita then UPND Vice President now Northwestern Province Minister and Edward Bothwell Chembe Nyangu former MMD Deputy National Secretary. Others are Lawyers Martha Mushipe, Jonas Zimba, Keith Mweemba, Michael Liwanga Kaingu former Minister of Education, University of Zambia Lecturers Saboi Imboela, Austin Mbozi, Late UPND Secretary General Winstone Chibwe and Late UPND Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba. The phone tapping that is similar to that of the News of the World in the United Kingdom also has Cornelius Mweetwa UPND Choma MP, Economist Maambo Hamaaundu, Adaobi Tebulo Mwanamwamba, Smart Zambia Coordinator at Cabinet Office Martine Malisela Mtonga and Lusaka businessman Brebner Changala. Others are Edwin Lifwekelo, Parkie Mbozi and Joe Nkadaani. The rest are Journalists Obed Simwanza, Paul Monde Shalala and Katwishi Bwalya. Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) President Geofrey Sakulanda and Airtel employees Joseph Kafwariman, Venada Mwape, Gregory Kaputula, Austine Tolokesi and John Chibwe also had their text messages to and from the two journalists diverted. Trial in the matter starts on August 15,2017 in the Lusaka High Court. See documents attached.List