In yet another clear manifestation of Zimbabwe’s burgeoning digital authoritarianism, the Mnangagwa regime imposed a total blockade on the Internet in a futile attempt to conceal security forces’ “systematic torture” and extrajudicial killing of more than a dozen people during last week’s protests against the president’s hiking of fuel price by 150%.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa inherited Robert Mugabe’s dangerous Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill. Now he’s transforming the proposed law into a draconian information control weapon against the open Internet, democracy, human rights, free flow of information, and privacy rights protected by Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution.
According to the Zimbabwe constitution watchdog Veritas, the three constitutional options available to military following the coup staged by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this week are: 1) Replacing President Mugabe with a new president 2) Allowing President Mugabe to continue in office and 3) a transitional government or government of national unity.
Zimbabwe’s Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill, Robert Mugabe’s newest information control weapon, seeks to cripple Internet-savvy Zimbabweans in the diaspora, particularly rights defenders, opposition party activists, and investigative journalists, ahead of the much-anticipated harmonized 2018.
First introduced in August 2016 as an anti-hacking law for the digital age, Robert Mugabe’s “Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill” is all about policing Zimbabweans’ use of the Internet and modern communications technologies. It seeks to criminalize at risk-Zimbabweans’ access to computer systems.