Cyber security bill proposed

The need to implement Cyber Security Bill is a key for Lesotho to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Chief Thesele ‘Maseriobane.
When addressing the media at a press briefing in Maseru last week Wednesday, Chief Maseribane said that “investors will be confident to invest and improve the country’s economy.”
“In the absence of cyber security, hackers expose, alter, disable, destroy, steal or gain unauthorised access to, or make unauthorised use of a certain assets. People spread false information defaming others. This poses a threat to the country’s economy and the country as a whole and it sometimes leads to breakage of families,” he observed.
Exemplifying with the trending list of some cabinet ministers including him, who are alleged to have used millions of wool and mohair for their own benefit, he said once the Bill was implemented, “it will be easy to trace such perpetrators defaming other people and have them placed before the courts of law for defamation of character.”
Chief Maseribane disclosed that as part of efforts to ensure safe Internet usage in Lesotho, the ministry is currently drafting Cyber Security Bill which will be presented before parliament soon.
According to him, consumers, government parastatals, private sector and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), among others, are all going to benefit from the implementation of the Bill.
“Although there is no time frame on the implementation as drafting a bill can be a long process, I hope that the drafting will be over and done as soon as possible,” he said.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology was holding a three-day workshop on cyber security which was scheduled to closure on Thursday last week.

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