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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Zimbabwe appoints minister for cyber security

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, has announced that a new ministry for cyber security has been created as a trap to catch "rats" misusing the internet in the country.

Former Zimbabwe finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, has been named as the minister who will head this new Cyber Security, Threat Detection, and Mitigation ministry.

The controversial appointment has been criticised by many who believed it is a way for the president to clamp down on freedom of speech and expression in the country.

The ministers has since been renamed as "minister of WhatsApp and Facebook" by the locals.

Zimbabwe has in fact, issue new rules on the us of Whatsapp in the country.

Before a Whatsapp group could be formed in the country, the rules required the group to be registered and for the administrator of the group to have government level clearance.

While Mugabe and the government describe the new ministry as "protective" i.e. acting in a defensive role, there are worries it is really aimed at attacking, like controlling social media use locally. This all comes as Zimbabwe finalizes a Computer and Cyber Crimes Bill that has already attracted criticism from human rights and freedom of expression campaign groups, Quartz reports.


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