New Cyber law gives ED Mnangagwa powers to arrest internet commentators

The government has reportedly reviewed and approved the previously contested Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection bill which seeks to combat cyber crime whilst increasing cyber ‘security’ in order to build confidence and trust in the secure of of ICTs.

This move follows after the newly enacted law has been labeled repressive, constituting dictatorship tendencies targeting the suffering masses by thwarting their freedom of expression.

The Zanu PF polarised Cabinet approved the bill which empowers government to monitor Zimbabweans online activities, establish a Data Security Centre and a Data Protection Authority.

Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said the bill provides penalties for persons who generate and distribute data concerning an identifiable person knowing it to be false and intending to cause harm.