Articles tagged 'social media'

Let's not lose the spirit of Ubuntu 26 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe lost one of its finest musicians ever when Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi passed away in Harare on Wednesday afternoon after a long battle with diabetes. Before his death, Tuku had produced at least 66 albums in a long musical career dating back to the pre-independence days. His s...
Social Media the new agora 30 December 2018 HARARE - Social media in the form of new technologies has become a new agora world-wide providing a platform for communication among different people regardless of space and time. Several applications such as Handtalk, Prodeaf, Youtube, Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype are user friendly to the dea...
Uganda introduces social media tax 2 July 2018 KAMPALA - Millions of people in Uganda now have to pay to use popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as new rules come into force. In late May, the Ugandan parliament passed legislation that introduced a tax on the use of the so-called Over The Top (OTT) social m...
Facebook speaks on Zim users' security 31 October 2017 HARARE - Our Assistant Editor, Maxwell Sibanda, has received responses of questions sent to Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook.  Find below some excerpts of the interview with the Facebook spokesperson. Q: How safe are Facebook users given that government will be tightening its grip through introducti...
Facebook delivers early blow to Mugabe, Zim govt 30 October 2017 HARARE - Popular American online social media and networking service, Facebook — has assured its Zimbabwean network users that it will not share their private communication with President Robert Mugabe's government — even if there is such a request  as at it takes their privacy seriously. The ...
Facebook delivers blow to Mugabe, Zim govt 30 October 2017 HARARE - Popular American online social media and networking service, Facebook — has assured its Zimbabwean network users that it will not share their private communication with President Robert Mugabe's government — even if there is such a request  as at it takes their privacy seriously. The ...
Be very, very afraid! 14 October 2017 HARARE - Timing always makes a difference either in successful execution of an idea or its dismal failure. This is why it is important to look critically at the timing of President Robert Mugabe's Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. It is no longer debatable that since 2000 most of his appointed m...
'Threats against social media unlawful' 2 October 2017 HARARE - Misa-Zimbabwe is disquieted by the string of threats that have recently been issued against the use of social media by citizens. This follows a series of threats by ministers Patrick Chinamasa, Mike Bimha and Chris Mushowe to tighten control over use of social media amid claims that t...
Govt threatens crackdown on fake economy news 28 September 2017 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 meas...
Kenya considers jail for disrespectful tweets 29 June 2017 NAIROBI - Kenyans risk a fine of $10,000 (£8,000) or jail term of five years for using "impolite, disrespectful or inciting language on social media ", according to a new proposal to regulate online content during the election season, Nairobi News reports. The proposal is part of rules being c...
Kagame's Rwanda controls presidential candidates' social media 31 May 2017 KIGALI - There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates. "We are asking (candidates) to present us their messages, their drafts" to verify that they are not a...
Army dispels recruitment rumours 24 May 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has  dispelled social media reports that it is recruiting. Director of army public relations lieutenant colonel Alphios  Makotore said the ZNA has noted with concern the continued abuse of social media platforms by some criminal elements who are postin...
Tsvangirai goes digital 28 April 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has embraced technology by launching an online campaign to rally support ahead of the crucial 2018 election. The long-time President Robert Mugabe rival's digital campaign includes a website — votemorgan.org — and a mobile application called “Morgan” that ...
'$4m tax loss prompted Potraz data tariff hike' 7 February 2017 HARARE - Government's directive compelling mobile telephone network operators to increase prices for Internet access was prompted by a loss of $4 million in taxes in 10 months, ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira said yesterday. The Nyanga South legislator told Parliament that all actions were mean...
Tsvangirai dismisses death rumours 23 January 2017 HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has dismissed reports made on social media last weekend that he was dead or near death. His spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, accused enemies of the former prime minister of spreading the malicious and damaging claims. ...
Outrage over mobile data tariffs hike 12 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has come under fire for hiking mobile data tariffs by over 100 percent, making access to Internet and social media unaffordable for most citizens. Stakeholders described the move as “digital terrorism” and called on the Postal and Telecommunications Regul...
DRC may block social networks as Kabila mandate expires 15 December 2016 KINSHASA - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to block social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp soon before President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires, four internet service providers said Thursday. "The instructions of the government (are that) all social networks be blo...
People just expressing themselves minister... 19 August 2016 EDITOR — I write to reply to Information  minister Chris Mushohwe's letter, “Don't abuse social media,” published in your edition yesterday. Firstly, being a Zimbabwean and living in this nation I have noted over the years Zanu PF's abuse of all State media in order to perpetuate its  strangle...
Don't restrict social media: Turkey 18 August 2016 HARARE - Social media restrictions must not be enforced in democratic countries as they may trigger citizens' resistance, Turkish ambassador to Zimbabwe Kadir Hidayet Eris said. In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Eris said as Internet connectivity increases, information cannot be h...
No to social media blocking 9 August 2016 HARARE - Yesterday, we learnt that government was moving to craft new regulations to regulate social media and jail people it feels are using various platforms to “incite violence.” While the news was disappointing considering Zimbabwe is after all, a supposedly functional democracy, it did no...
Zim shutdown: Arrested juveniles released to parents care 11 July 2016 HARARE - Juveniles involved in the peaceful protests on Wednesday have been released into their parents' custody after being arrested in Bulawayo. Citizens on July 6, heeded a call to stay away from work and school in protest against the economic meltdown and social injustices in the country. ...
Govt 'jams' social media as Zim burns 7 July 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabweans took heed of calls to protest yesterday — many people had challenges accessing their Whatsapp on mobile phones, prompting opposition political parties to declare that government had jammed the services. Former Information and Technology minister Nelson Chamisa told the ...
Potraz threatens Whatsapp users 7 July 2016 HARARE - In a clampdown that has been described as fascist, the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) says people found in possession of, or sharing anti-government messages on social media platforms using their mobile phones will be arrested. Following yesterda...
Mugabe's plan to ban social media condemned 5 April 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's plan to strictly police Internet access, censoring web users and blocking access to sites deemed sensitive Chinese-style, has been slammed by the opposition and analysts as a fascist move that risks dragging the country back into the Stone Age era. This comes...
Targeted Moyo remains defiant 8 February 2016 HARARE - A defiant Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has vowed to continue using social media despite efforts by his Zanu PF enemies to silence him. Were Moyo's Zanu PF detractors to get their way, this would benefit the party faction behind embattled Vice President Emmers...