Govt threatens crackdown on fake economy news

HARARE - Government will launch a crackdown on social media as part of a campaign against fake news and the spreading of rumours on shortages of basic goods and foreign exchange meant to cause alarm in the country, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said yesterday.

“We will take necessary measures to counter those nefarious activities. We are going to see what counter measures we are going to implement to deal with social media. We can’t have a nation run on falsehoods coming from social media. The artificial crisis were caused by our detractors who have a regime change agenda,” Chinamasa told a news conference last night.

This comes as shortages of basic goods and fuel have resurfaced, sparking panic buying by consumers. Prices of imported products have also skyrocketed, which businesses blame on shortages of foreign exchange.

“The trigger to the artificial shortage was most unexpected, it came to us as a surprise. It was like a bombshell because of the positive indicators to our economy. The economy is growing. We are projecting a 3,7 growth. Most of the sectors in our economy are growing, mining agriculture etc,” Chinamasa said.

Information minister Chris Mushohwe threatened the country’s three mobile phone operators for hosting fake news on the economy on their platforms.

“Service providers whose platforms are being used must not be caught on the wrong side of the law because they are not faceless. Government is coming with the Cyber Crime Bill which is going to address this social media menace,” he said.

The ministers also said government was enacting laws to deal with money changers and shopkeepers using the three-tier pricing system.

Energy minister Samuel Undenge told an earlier press conference that Zimbabwe has two months’ worth of diesel  and one month worth of petrol stocks in bonded warehouses.

Comments (7)

kuti kunyepa kuti makundikana dofo radzidza

g40 - 28 September 2017

Kana dziri nhema chaunotya chii? Saka nhema dzapedza Petrol negrocery? Munozviona kungwara chaizvo

Patamha - 28 September 2017

nyika haigadziriswe nekuita maunnecessary threats, go ,revise and amend your controversial policies and most importantly stop farm invasions and close once for all the land audit. Respect property rights. What is needed is for zanu to reform and respect the natural laws of economics, not to pursue toxic populist policies in this modern day age. A clampdown will worsen the situation and fuel corruption coz thoz that are at the forefront are the zanu heavy weights and their friends.

larry Hoover - 28 September 2017

Kungowawata chinoitwa hapana. kushandisa hasha nedzungu hakubatsire mudharavanhu wangwara these days. Revise your shity policies moona zvinhu zvichiita bho, asi kungoti people are now fed up tambai yenyu titambe yedu.

GOTWE - 28 September 2017

Kwaaaaaaa ndaseka zvangu. I used to think its only dogs that bark but now they have the ranks of human beings like vana Chinemhata joining them. This this kind of pathetic dogs like Chinemhata no wonder why Zim's economy has been on its knees for the past 2 decades. Mwari chipindirai taneta. Kusvika rini tichiita suffer like this?

V - 28 September 2017

Ngazvisangoperera mukutaura

ezekiel - 29 September 2017

How about a clampdown on "official lies" peddled via the state cartoon papers, tv & radio stations? which talk of success as if they are addressing gullible, naive, rural idiots?

Sagitarr - 2 October 2017

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