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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Internet security; Beware, government is watching you!!

By Kalabash Contributor At a recently held Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum(ZIGF) conference, delegates were taken aghast when a Potraz representative revealed that government does online surveillance. Mr Tichafa Mujuru of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) believes it will be folly for a government of this ‘day and age’ not to take […]

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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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Four key points that will make Zimbabwe Cyber Bill a gem

By Watmore Makokoba The words ‘Cyber Bill’ sounds familiar to Zimbabwe, largely because of fears it is one of those ‘made-to-look-good’ pieces of legislation meant to muzzle freedom of expression and access to information through the internet. As the bill is tabled to the House of Assembly, debates will be informed by some of these […]

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Four key points that will make Zimbabwe Cyber Bill a gem

By Watmore Makokoba The words ‘Cyber Bill’ sounds familiar to Zimbabwe, largely because of fears it is one of those ‘made-to-look-good’ pieces of legislation meant to muzzle freedom of expression and access to information through the internet. As the bill is tabled to the House of Assembly, debates will be informed by some of these […]

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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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