President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson says the president set up a brand new ministry dedicated to cyber security in order to “nail” those causing “mischief” on the internet.
“I want to give these words from the president. He said that the [Cyber Security] ministry… will help us in nailing those who do mischief using cyber space,” presidential spokesperson George Charamba told reporters at State House on Tuesday.
He said former finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, a lawyer, had been appointed as the new minister because the ministry “needs law development”.
Charamba said Mugabe wanted the minister to draw lessons from some of its eastern allies.
“He [Mugabe] specifically made reference to Russia, he made reference to China, and he made reference to the Koreans as countries who have done exceedingly well in terms of ensuring some kind of order and lawfulness in that area,” Charamba said in comments carried by the state-run Chronicle.
Social media has emerged as a platform for robust criticism of Mugabe’s government. But last month Chinamasa and other senior officials said “fake news” on local social media sites triggered panic buying and some shortages of food and fuel. News24