'Zanu PF causing Internet traffic jam'

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC says President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF aided by the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and Chinese allies has worked up a plan to cripple Internet services as the country votes today.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, told a press briefing yesterday that Zimbabwe’s feared spy service is behind the slowdown and in some cases unavailability of mobile Internet services.

“State apparatus have been interfering with mobile phones as they did with the bulk messaging,” Mwonzora told reporters.

“This is being done to ensure that there is no movement of information and also to make sure that this process is closed from the world. The social media is the only outlet available and they have closed it. We know it is the CIO who are doing this.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, however, said the MDC is just politicking.

“They are just trying to discredit the party saying we are working with the CIO but that is just cheap mantra and we are not worried about it,” said Gumbo.

Government controlled Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) last week banned bulk messages from international gateways until after July 31 poll, a move seen by the MDC as an attempt to silence democratic voices.

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