'Govt has no power to shut down Internet'

HARARE - High Court judge Owen Tagu has ordered the government to open Internet access to millions of Zimbabweans who were cut off last week during a three-day stay-away.

In his ruling, Tagu ruled that the State Security minister had no authority to order mobile operators to shut down Internet access to customers.

The ruling comes after two civic society organisations the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa Zimbabwe chapter) dragged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the High Court following a government directive to completely shut down the Internet last week.

The applicants’ lawyer Denford Halimani confirmed the ruling yesterday after the matter was heard in chambers yesterday.

“The order is to suspend the directive issued by the government and telecommunications providers to resume providing Internet services to its customers forthwith,” he said.

According to ZLHR’s executive director Roselyn Hanzi, the shutdown was illegal and crippled access to business websites, social media sites, among other Internet services.

Comments (3)

Life is a continuous learning curve. In one swoop we have devalued the estimation of the world with regard to our President, our nation, our army, our police force. Let us learn from these events. Unfortunately it is easier to destroy a reputation than to build one. Zimbabweans....educated, peaceful...that is now an old dream, past history. The world now sees us a military dictatorship, cruel, heartless...we have a lot to do. And with the good name of our party destroyed as our two thirds majority remained silent while people are being butchered, tortured, harassed on a daily basis ...even the great revolutionary party ...ZANU PF is ashamed to face the future, the face the people.

Mega Deals Branch - 22 January 2019

Now all internet service providers like Econet must now sue the government, in proper democracies where the judiciary is impartial lost millions will be recovered and hard lessons learnt. They must also sue the state security minister in both his official and personal capacities to send a message to the idiots. Zimbabweans are not peaceful but cowards who are forced into silence but that silence is slowly eroding.

Sinyo - 23 January 2019

Now all internet service providers like Econet must now sue the government, in proper democracies where the judiciary is impartial lost millions will be recovered and hard lessons learnt. The state security minister must also be sued in both his official and personal capacities to send a message to the idiots. The lad did not envisage that by shunting down the internet he was doing precisely what ZCTU had called for - a national shutdown. Neither did he comprehend that shutting down means of communication fuels speculation that the government wanted to do evil under cover of darkness and evil they did twelve lives were lost the country is now back in the limelight for the wrong reasons once again. Zimbabweans are not and have never been peaceful but cowards who are forced into silence but that silence is slowly eroding now.

Sinyo - 23 January 2019

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.