The Zambian Cabinet has approved, for publication and introduction in Parliament, The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill, 2021.

This follows the approval of the National Cyber Security Policy at the last Cabinet Meeting held on January11th, 2021,

Cabinet raised concern at the lack of a comprehensive legislation that provides for cyber security in the country that offers protection to persons against cybercrime or that provides child online protection.

In a statement issued by Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya, Cabinet further, in line with the approved Policy, intends to promote the responsible use of social media platforms.

And Siliya said Cabinet approved for publication and introduction in Parliament of a number of Bills aimed at revising the composition of the Boards.

This is by providing for removal of some senior Government officials on Boards and some Committees in order to enhance the principle of good governance.

She named the Bills as The Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Zambia Revenue Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Public-Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Public Service Pensions (Amendment)

Bill, 2021.

Others include the Compensation Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2021; the National Institute of Public Administration (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Service Commissions (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

This is in addition to the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Zambia Law Development Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Citizens Economic Empowerment (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Control of Goods (Amendment) Bill, 20

1 and the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) (Amendment) Bill, 2021 among others.

And Siliya disclosed that during the Meeting, Cabinet also approved a seven- member Board of the Zambia National Building Society -ZNBS- charged with the responsibility of overseeing the operation of the institution and providing governance oversight in line with the Building Societies Act No. 412 of 1968.

The tenure for the previous ZNBS Board expired on 30th June, 2020.

She said Cabinet also approved for publication and introduction in Parliament of the Bill entitled “The Legal Aid Bill, 2021.

Siliya said the Bill will create the foundation for the establishment of a comprehensive legal aid system in Zambia that is accessible, effective, credible and sustainable to persons whose means are insufficient in civil or criminal matters.

She added that Cabinet also approved The National Postal Policy and its Implementation Plan.

And in winding up business for the day, Cabinet approved in principle, the introduction of a Bill in Parliament in order to amend the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015.

This is so as to address various challenges facing the wildlife sector, and to respond to current challenges.

Siliya further said Cabinet intends to align the Zambia Wildlife Act with the provisions of the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Act No. 2 of 2016 on management of the environment and natural resources and decentralisation.