In a recent cabinet reshuffle, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe unveiled a brand new ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The ministry further extends the dictator’s authoritarian agenda and ability to conduct repressive activities into cyberspace.
Members of Zimbabwe’s growing army of Internet-savvy freedom fighters “can easily be identified” by Mugabe’s all-seeing surveillance state, according to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator.
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.
As law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies of leading democracies and authoritarian countries relentlessly push for back doors to secure encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, strong encryption is needed in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe now more than ever before.
An eye-opening report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Global Financial Integrity in December 2015 reveals an inconvenient truth: Between 2004 and 2013, Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe lost a staggering US$2.76 billion to multinational corporations through “illicit financial flows”.