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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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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Will there be any light?: Revisiting public officials threats to social media users

By Watmore Makokoba Internet users in Zimbabwe remain sceptical is there is ever going to be assured cybersecurity and respect for the fundamental right to freedom of expression given some past utterances by government officials suggesting a rather deliberate onslaught on social media users. As many agree, freedom of expression through social media platforms should […]

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