By Lumbiwe Mwanza
Stakeholders have emphasized that government should first find a way of addressing bad activities on cyber space before implementing regulating laws.
The government through the Ministry of Transport and Communication is has proposed to implement cyber laws that are said to bring to book people involved in cyber crime and protect the public from false information.
However musician and activist Fumba Chama, also known as ‘Pilato observes that there is urgent need to raise awareness on what digital rights are among citizens before having cyber regulations.
“It is important that the citizens are educated on what their digital rights are if they are to use the cybr space responsibly” pilto said.
Pilato explains that without adequate sensitization on digital rights, cyber crimes will be difficult to control.
Meanwhile Governance, Elections, Advocacy Research Services (GEARS)executive director McDonald chipenzi warned that the cyber laws if not scrutinized before implementing has potential to infringe on human rights to speech and expression thereby undermine principles of democracy.
And an organization that aims to promote science communications called, Dziwa science and technology trust, executive director veronica mwaba feels the proposed cyber laws will have a negative impact on science innovations among young people.
Mrs mwaba explains that most young people utilize the internet to broaden their understanding on science.
She further urged government to be more cautious before implementing the cyber laws.
Meanwhile Advancing rights in southern Africa (ARISA) pointed out the need to strengthen strategies aimed at improving the recognition, awareness and enforcement of human rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.
ARISA deputy chief of party dr makanatsa makonese said increasing public demand for improved rule of law and human rights protection remains critical.