TZ online business community lauds new Cybercrimes law

IF YOU CAN GET AN APARTMENT OR A JOB ONLINE THEN YOU CAN BUY OR SELL A CAR: Mori Bencus, Cheki Country Marketing Manager

IF YOU CAN GET AN APARTMENT OR A JOB ONLINE THEN YOU CAN BUY OR SELL A CAR: Mori Bencus, Cheki Country Marketing Manager

He drew widespread criticism recently when he signed the controversial Cybercrimes bill 2015, into law but now President Jakaya Kikwete is receiving kudos for putting the law in place.

More and more businesses and consumers alike are hailing the president for weathering the storm and passing the law that will ensure genuine users of online services shall be protected from rampant efraud.

At a conference held in Dar es Salaam Wednesday, Cheki Tanzania Country Marketing Manager, Mori Bencus said ecommerce in Tanzania is rowing in tandem with internet users in the East African nation.

“We have noticed people are still afraid. They don’t trust us, they have little trust in online services, we’re genuine and most importantly we have a new law to regulate the industry,” he said.

Cheki is a popular online ‘car dealership’ catering to clients in many African countries.

A report by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) shows that electronic commerce in Tanzania started around 1995 and since then there has been steady growth of internet users from 3.5million people in 2008 to over 11 million out of the 32 million Tanzanians with access to mobile phones by the end of 2014.

Bencus says if Tanzanians, can entrust their lives with social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram then they could as well conduct other essential business online.

“Our monthly report shows that we have a range of 30-60,000 customers seeking connection with dealers to buy cars—this is a small number compared to the population. Because if you look for a job or an apartment online then surely you could safely buy or sell a car courtesy of the new law.” Bencus adds.

One Mohamed Ali, 47, who got his current apartment online, says the new law will definitely protect internet users or customers like him as it weeds out the fraudsters.

Critics of the law argue it will curtail internet freedom, and freedom of the press.