Typical of dullness at the highest level, the PF regime will soon surrender the management and control of national data to China, through that country’s company Huawei. This comes barely a week after banning police officers from marrying foreigners for ‘security’ reasons.
Last week, PF Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said Zambia will by the end of March 2017 open its national data center as part of a significant modernization initiative spearheaded by Huawei.
“This is part of the Smart Zambia phase one project as we move to electronic-government system, which will see Government provide all services online,” Mushimba said.
The data center will be built and controlled by Huawei using about $400 million loan from China. Huawei will also develop Zambia’s national broadband system. Zambia already owes China more than $2 billion.
What this means however is that China, through Huawei will have access to all data held by all Zambian government departments, including security and citizens’ private data held by government. In fact, the Watchdog understands that, though Huawei will put some stupid structure in Lusaka and Kitwe, the main servers will be in China. The controlling systems will of course be written and encrypted in Chinese.
In a normal country, this project would be controlled and managed by a government department such as Zamtel. But then, can those incompetent PF cadres at Zamtel manage such a project.
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) director general Margaret Chalwe joined in exposing her dullness by saying: “The national data center is one way of preparing for the future, this is one of the latest modes of storing data.”
Preparing the future by giving national data to foreigners?