Zanu to censure social networks

Zanu (PF) has resolved to censure social networks, branding them ‘tools used by the imperialists for regime change’.

Zanu (PF) legal affairs secretary Emmerson Mnangagwa said the party had resolved to come up with measures to thwart any dissidence fuelled by social networking sites.

“We have been following international events and monitoring the power of social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter. If left unchecked, the social networks will cause more harm than good. As a party we will come with measures to thwart any messages that will promote hate speech and protests,” said Mnangagwa.

Political analysts said the move by Zanu (PF) seeks to control people in the run up to possible elections.

“The regime is so desperate and will try to block any channels of communication. They are afraid of what happened in the Arab world and they know the power vested in technology. All dictators are afraid of social networks,” said Abel Gomo, a Harare-based political analyst.

In February this year, a Bulawayo man, Vikaz Mavhudzi, was the first to be charged with a “Facebook” crime after he posted a comment on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s page telling him about how the dictators were feeling about the events in North Africa.

He was arrested and charged with “subverting a constitutional government”, but the case crumbled and has since been discharged.

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