Committee pleads for US$100m digitalisation funds

By Daniel Chigundu The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services has appealed to both treasury and Parliament for the allocation of US$100 million to TransMedia for the completion of the digitalisation program. Digitalisation which has missed both the regional and international deadlines has so far gobbled about US$40 million and requires an …

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Harare Mayor blocks Ipads request

By Daniel Chigundu Harare Mayor Councillor Hebert Gomba says he has managed to block an unreasonable request for Ipads by councillors at a time when the council is facing financial challenges to effectively discharge its duties. The city council has been failing to provide clean water, collect garbage and even repair broken sewer pipes due …

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Why Govt will favour tight internet control

By Watmore Makokoba Although a new political order has dawned which has apparently ignited hope for reforms in both Zanu PF and government, the regime however seems to be keen to maintain a firm grip on suppressive internet governance measures to thwart the descending voice, recent research findings have reported. The research paper (The State of Internet Governance in Zimbabwe) launched this week by Zimbabwe …

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O’Donovan’s bail: how Obey Shava outclassed the State

By Daniel Chigundu High Court Judge Justice Clement Phiri has granted US national Martha O’Donovan US$1000 bail, coupled with other stringent conditions after judging that the State’s opposing argument was weak. O’Donovan was arrested last Friday on allegations of trying to remove a constitutionally elected government and insulting President Robert Mugabe through social media (Tweeter). The State was opposing bail, alleging that O’Donovan was likely …

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O’Donovan bail hearing postponed to Thursday

By Daniel Chigundu Bail hearing for US national Martha O’Donovan which had been scheduled for today (Wednesday) at High Court has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday 9 November). O’Donovan, who was arrested on Friday on allegations of trying to subvert a constitutionally elected government and also for insulting President Robert Mugabe using a social media platform (Tweeter), had made an urgent bail application on Monday. …

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O’Donovan bail hearing set for Wednesday

By Daniel Chigundu US national Martha O’Donovan is set to appear at High Court of Zimbabwe on Wednesday (08 November) at 9am for a bail hearing. O’Donovan lawyers Obey Shava and Rose Hanzi from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights made an urgent bail application today. The American is being accused of trying to subvert a constitutional government as defined in Section 22 (2) (a) (i) …

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Chikurubi Prison: why we must feel for female prisoners

By Daniel Chigundu Chikurubi Female Maximum Prison is one of the worst places that you would not even wish your enemies to be detained at for whatever reasons. The prison is well known for not having running water, coupled with defunct squat toilets and dilapidated showers. Access to water and toilets is critical especially for women’s health whether free or incarcerated owing to their biological …

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BREAKING!!!! Court dismiss O’Donovan application

By Daniel Chigundu Harare Magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta has dismissed an application by US citizen Martha O’Donovan to declare her case as being improperly before the court. O’Donovan is facing two charges, undermining the President and trying to remove a constitutionally elected government through a retweet. Magistrate Sabarauta said contrary to what defense was saying, proper arresting procedures were followed by the arresting officer and that …

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State vs Martha O’Donovan court updates

By Daniel Chigundu US national Martha O’Donovan who was arrested yesterday at 5am on charges of undermine the President and trying to remove a constitutionally elected government, has appeared before the Harare Magistrate court to answer toyour the charges. From the court proceedings so far, we had heard that the police have been investigating the case since September this year and applied for a search …

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ICT wave: why rural folks are lagging behind

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa While stakeholders in the internet sector have raised their stakes in line with the ever-changing technological sphere, internet usage has however remained low in rural areas, owing to a cocktail of reasons. This was revealed at Zimbabwe Internet Governance multi-stakeholders conference organised by Misa-Zimbabwe recently. Chido Musodza a programs officer with Radio Voice of the People and Digital Society Zimbabwe said there should be …

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