ZICTA, Airtel dragged to court for tapping phones

ZICTA, Airtel dragged to court for tapping phones

T wo Lusaka based Journalists have asked the Lusaka High Court to join the Zambia Information, Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) in a matter in which they have sued Airtel Nerworks Zambia for diverting their messages to and from their numbers between 2013 and 2014. However ZICTA has objected to the joinder saying it has no interest. According to a search conducted at the Lusaka High Court, the two journalists Thomas Allan Zgambo and Clayson Hamasaka contend that Zicta should be joined to the matter not as a respondent but as a friend of court to give clarity to the case as a regulator. Zicta in its response through an affidavit signed by Director of Corporate Affairs Mofya Chisala however say the institution can not be joined because it is not an operator. However, in their skeleton arguements the two journalists through their lawyer Willis Muhanga of AKM Legal Practitioners argue that unless Zicta has something to hide, it is supposed to be joined to assist the court know the truth on public interest since Zicta was created with the objective of safeguarding public interest. In this matter, the two Journalists have sued Airtel Zambia trading as Airtel Networks PLC for alleged diverting their messages to a number created in the name of Elias Phiri. They claim that their messages to and from prominent people among them current serving Ministers were diverted. See court documents attached.

Share this post