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Mugabe explains functions of Cyber Security ministry

By Andrew Kunambura

President Robert Mugabe has created the Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation ministry as an instrument to deal with abuse and unlawful conduct in cyberspace, his spokesperson said yesterday.

President Robert Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba
President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba

This comes as the creation of the new ministry has sent shivers down the spines of pro-democracy groups and ordinary social media users who fear it is targeted at suppressing free speech.

The new ministry will be headed by Patrick Chinamasa, who has been the Finance and Economic Development minister for the past four years.

Mugabe deployed his spokesperson, George Charamba, to explain Chinamasa’s new role to the media yesterday.

Charamba said Mugabe wanted Chinamasa to study how authoritarian and communist regimes such as North Korea and China have successfully legislated against “cyber terrorism” and implement the measures here.

“I have just been talking to the president about the role of that ministerial portfolio and the president was very clear in his mind that he is dealing with an emerging threat to the State of Zimbabwe, a threat that is founded on abuse and unlawful conduct on the cyberspace and a threat which is unusual, which is quite new and therefore which needs a development of a new body of law,” Charamba told journalists soon after the swearing-in ceremony of ministers at State House yesterday.

“I want you to say it in his own words. The president said the ministry is like a trap used to catch rats. It is targeted at mischief makers who abuse the cyberspace and it needs law development which is precisely why he thought of no other than a person who is legally competent in that area.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko appeared in a jovial mood as he teased the new ministers, particularly former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) director-general, Happyton Bonyongwe and Mashonaland West resident minister Webster Shamu.

“Hello Bonyongwe, you have lost the DG (director-general) position, how does it feel?” said Mphoko, whose remarks were met with a smile by the recipient.

Mphoko proceeded: “It’s back to business Shamu. Ndakanganwa shamu yekurovesa manewcomers aya (I forgot a whip which I would use to beat the new ministers),” exclaimed Mphoko, this time attracting laughter from the small crowd.

At the end of the ceremony, Mugabe turned to Bonyongwe — who has earned his first ministerial role — and said: “I hope you are now ready for this new era.”

Bonyongwe, who until now operated underground as Mugabe’s chief spy, subsequently addressed an eager press corps.

“It is my hope that I will be able to make some positive contribution to my country,” Bonyongwe said. “That is something that has always motivated me.” Daily News

  • George u are very good at defending any crap your boss does. Go to hell Hell HELL

  • George is back!

    • Idiot

      After Chinhoyi akunzI Jojina

  • Watanga futi, mira uone Rally iri kuuya, uchabvunzwa kuti wakaenda kuchikoro here iwewe about this shit you just said. Iwewe George,…..

  • Kkkkk Zanu pf mazano apera rekutyisa vanhu nawo …zvakakwana

  • Idiot

    If it has to be explained, it ain’t. Fare thee well citizen. Go share an office with Mushowe and Josiah Hungwe.

  • Haiwawo

  • Mazogumirwa kunge huku dzadamburwa misoro ,nxaaa

  • Anopenga uyo

  • Implementing what Dr Amai said.”George wavekugona basa Iyezvino”

  • So instead of seeking ways to revitalise& pick up our economy which has gone to the dogs he chooses to stoop so low?? Seriously this old madala is out of touch with reality smh!

  • mheno ikoko

  • succuba

    Why go to the countries ruled by dictators?

    Why not go and see what the west are doing to tackle cyber crime… or is there an ulterior motive?

  • Ko ministry yemakombi nemushikashika that are killing people ichauya rini! I think its more of a threat than the whatsapp and facebook threat!

  • Kkkkk why did they not just name the ministry something along the lines of blocking regime change. Any ideas? Anyone ? Tivabatsire.
    But the name fits the circus show they running …..lol

  • Ko Psychomotor chakuti yaHungwe ichiriko here

  • Makuda kutonga Masai sai.

  • kkkkkkk kana ma zero grade havaiti izvi

  • kkkkkkk kana ma zero grade havaiti izvi

  • kkkkkkk kana ma zero grade havaiti izvi

  • ana George maakuda promotion from Marujata here kusupoter zvakadaro

  • ana George maakuda promotion from Marujata here kusupoter zvakadaro

  • ana George maakuda promotion from Marujata here kusupoter zvakadaro

  • Nothing new with Zanu pf putting instruments of FEAR in democratic processes. Those speaking out against oppressive regime practices will be prosecuted under cyber space terrorism act Those calling Mugabe for being a spade a spade will grossly face
    China🇨🇳masa’s new role. Do we need to invest in such rubbish and thoughtless selfish protectionism while there are no 2 million jobs. One must be living in 1800 century to think that a mare creation of a stupid ministerial post in cyber security will STOP and BRING the wheels of freedom to a halt. In this context and thought Mugabe has called himself a spade a spade

  • Nothing new with Zanu pf putting instruments of FEAR in democratic processes. Those speaking out against oppressive regime practices will be prosecuted under cyber space terrorism act Those calling Mugabe for being a spade a spade will grossly face
    China🇨🇳masa’s new role. Do we need to invest in such rubbish and thoughtless selfish protectionism while there are no 2 million jobs. One must be living in 1800 century to think that a mare creation of a stupid ministerial post in cyber security will STOP and BRING the wheels of freedom to a halt. In this context and thought Mugabe has called himself a spade a spade

  • Nothing new with Zanu pf putting instruments of FEAR in democratic processes. Those speaking out against oppressive regime practices will be prosecuted under cyber space terrorism act Those calling Mugabe for being a spade a spade will grossly face
    China🇨🇳masa’s new role. Do we need to invest in such rubbish and thoughtless selfish protectionism while there are no 2 million jobs. One must be living in 1800 century to think that a mare creation of a stupid ministerial post in cyber security will STOP and BRING the wheels of freedom to a halt. In this context and thought Mugabe has called himself a spade a spade

  • Shame

  • kkkkkkkkkk

  • Huhu pfutseke you Charamba you have written sensitive cases in the Sunday mail as Dr Lazarus une mhosva iwewe sungwa

  • Next will be a ministry of Alcohol and Morality management

  • George Orwell wrote a book called 1984 predicting how these so called liberators would be worse than former collonialists

  • Iwe George!Georgie,George iwewe!

  • cyber security kuita antivirus software here kkkkkkk

  • Iwe George gara pasi

  • Next we’ll have the minister of global warming and floods

  • Saka vose vanotuka Tsvangirai vanofanira kusungwawo here

  • Zvekumama izvo

  • Zvekumama izvo

  • theres no such threat in zim

  • Saka zvichagadzira sei hupfumi hwe nyika

  • he must start with jonathan Moyo

  • cineaste

    Ministry of Suppression of Free Speech more like…

  • cineaste

    Saka todya izvozvo here?

  • Kuchauya Minster of sex climax and distribution of condoms in the president’s office

  • Zvekumama izvo

  • Gandanga re4th chimurenga

    Inga pane basa. pamuchatanga kudzidzisa Chinamasa to use twitter, WhatsApp and facebook for him to understand technology and then move to teaching him how the technology guru China and North Korea manage such threats, I’m sure sekuru Chinamasa would have called it quits by then and the ZanuPoo morons spent billions of scarce forex trying to teach this old dead mopani wood. If that is a need or priority for ZAnuPoo, why not choose the young blood who are already tech savvy? Your only criteria for recyclying dead wood are war credentials, the war you never won but can as a result of intense negotiations between fighters and your colonial master. Pfusekiiii

  • LL

    This idiot of a spokesman still doing their dirty work after being dressed down by Disgrace in the public domain perhaps they should catch Mr. Sheraton aka VP Mphoko who stayed at the Sheraton for a very long while!

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