'Internet contains dirty substance'

HARARE - Zimbabwe's bookish president, Robert Mugabe, has lamented the loss of a reading culture and decaying morals due to the vast use of information communication technologies (ICTs).

With close to two dozen degrees to his name — seven earned and 14 honorary doctorates — Mugabe grew up on books, literally.

Today, he can only watch as the new generation using ICTs, which he says have killed moral fabric as well as a reading culture that was part of Zimbabwean culture.

Presenting a lecture at the Research and Intellectual Expo opening in Harare on Wednesday, Mugabe blamed easy accessibility to the Internet and its “dirty” substance for moral decadence.

“Some people just thrust dirty stuff on the Internet. There is need for countries of the world to agree on laws that govern the internet,” he said.

A teacher by profession, Mugabe said it is not easy to control what children get up to all the time.
“You know children, what you tell them not to do is the very thing they want to do,” said the 88-year-old leader who has three children with wife Grace.

ICT gadgets, phones have become a man’s best friend.

Some say humankind has become a slave to the internet because of the dependence on world web — a fact Mugabe concedes has affected long standing traditions such as reading books.

“ICTs are taking away the quest of reading. The book has been pushed into the background,” he complained.
“The book registers itself better in the mind. If the two (internet and books) can be used together, they do us more good,” he said.

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