Where Zimbabwe Cyber Bill divorces with the Constitution

#KnowYourBill By Watmore Makokoba While the constitution of Zimbabwe is laden with guarantees for people’s freedoms and rights, the proposed Cyber Bill, on the other hand, is a stumbling block to those provisions! Section 6 of the Cyber-crimes Bill reads “Any person who unlawfully and intentionally secures unauthorized access to data, a computer programme, a […]

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Cyber Bill ; three loopholes that ruins the soup!

#KnowYourBill  By Watmore Makokoba Ambiguous statutes are toxic, they are liable to abuse. They can be twisted and if well justified in the court of law they can land innocent people in jail or results in prejudice! One such a law is Cyber Bill, some of the clauses in this bill are not clearly spelt […]

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Internet freedom still a dream in rural Zimbabwe

By Watmore Makokoba As internet booms in Zimbabwe; the rural folk still remain in limbo! There has been significant internet penetration in Zimbabwe spiced with the growth of the mobile industry in the past decade, but wait, have the rural folk see the light? People living in some rural areas in Zimbabwe have the meagre […]

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Statutory offence: should they have a place in Zimbabwe’s cyber law framework?

By Watmore Makokoba  Recently, Shadaya Tawona was recently convicted by a Harare magistrate on criminal insult after he retweeted a Tweet sent from an account purportedly belonging to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba. Shadaya was charged and found guilty of contravening section 95 of the Criminal Law and Codification Act. Should this statutory offence have a place in […]

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Freedom of expression through social media; How far can ED go?

By Wisdom Mumera Unlike his predecessor, President Mnangagwa (ED) is projected as a liberal leader with an intent to opening up social spaces and political freedoms, will he live up to the task? Although there are still grey areas in as much as people’s freedoms are concerned, there has generally an improvement especially in the number […]

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Meet the new ICT Minister

By Watmore Makokoba Meet the man who is going to be presiding over a key ministry:  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which is going to determine internet governance in the next five years: Kazembe Kazembe. He is taking over from Supa Mandiwanzira. Who is Kazembe Kazembe? Kazembe Kazembe is a politician born on 23 June 1969 in Zimbabwe.  He is […]

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Meet the new ICT Minister

By Watmore Makokoba Meet the man who is going to be presiding over a key ministry:  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which is going to determine internet governance in the next five years: Kazembe Kazembe. He is taking over from Supa Mandiwanzira. Who is Kazembe Kazembe? Kazembe Kazembe is a politician born on 23 June 1969 in Zimbabwe.  He is […]

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How operational framework derails internet growth in Zimbabwe

By Watmore Makokoba Although internet penetration in Zimbabwe is growing at a steady rate, the licensing and operational framework leaves a lot be desired. The laws and regulations pertaining to the Internet must not only be premised on monitoring, cyber crimes and muzzling voices but must also prioritise liberalising the operating environment to augment the […]

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Political elites afraid of social media?

In February last year, Evan Mawarire of this Flag movement was arrested for posting on social media messages and videos that were said to be inciting people and intended to topple the country’s leadership from power. He was later acquited. By Watmore Makokoba Freedom of expression is the epitome of human rights and the advent […]

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Political elites afraid of social media?

In February last year, Evan Mawarire of this Flag movement was arrested for posting on social media messages and videos that were said to be inciting people and intended to topple the country’s leadership from power. He was later acquited. By Watmore Makokoba Freedom of expression is the epitome of human rights and the advent […]

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