Unregistered ICT equipment to be confiscated


THE Zambia Information and Communications Authority (ZICTA) says it will start confiscating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment that is not registered with them in order to monitor the flow of information.



ZICTA public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde said this would stop people from abusing ICT equipment such as cellular and telephones, laptops, tablets and many others.


“We have confiscated ICT equipment before and we are starting to confiscate more equipment from businesses that have not registered with us,” she said
Ms Nankonde said this would also help avoid sub standard products on the market.


ZICTA was setting up a hyper-approval (laboratory) at University of Zambia (UNZA) at the cost of K15 million to ensure that ICT equipment imported were registered with them.
Ms Nankonde, however, urged the public not to buy any ICT equipment that is not registered with ZICTA.


Meanwhile, ZICTA has established over 100 clubs in 25 Primary schools and 75 in Secondary schools across the country to ensure that young people accessed ICT programmes.
This is aimed at ensuring that the young people embrace careers in ICT at a tender age.


Ms Nankonde said young girls should take interest and use ICT productively for their benefit and avoid passing time on the internet.
She said both boys and girls had equal opportunity but the girl child had not utilised the ICT as the boy child has.