Articles tagged 'twitter'

ZPCS officer in soup for 'undermining ED' 3 November 2018 HARARE - A Zimbabwe prison officer on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa through posting some political comments on social media and to some misconduct charges. John Mahlabera's trial commenced at the Chiredzi Prison facing charges of unlawfully ...
Man to change plea in 'Chigumba tweet' saga 6 October 2018 HARARE - A former Midlands State University student accused of retweeting a message denigrating the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba and charged with criminal insult plans to change his plea. Night Tawona Shadaya, 25, initially pleaded guilty after he was char...
Politicians embrace social media 3 September 2018 HARARE - More and more politicians in Zimbabwe, including those in government, seem to have finally embraced social media — a tool they once frowned upon — as they communicate policies and defend their actions as well as spread their ideologies. The presence of politicians was more noticeable ...
Stop Moyo's rants, govt urges Kenya 4 January 2018 HARARE - Government is exerting pressure on Kenyan authorities to silence self-exiled former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo (pictured) who is throwing tantrums at President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration using microblogging site, Twitter. The sharp-tongued politician has been a p...
American citizen freed on $1 000 bail 10 November 2017 HARARE - An American citizen, Martha O'Donovan, who was arrested for allegedly attempting to topple President Robert Mugabe's government has been released on $1 000 bail by the High Court. High Court judge Clement Phiri yesterday ruled that it was in the best interest of justice to release O'D...
Nabbed US citizen denies plot to topple Mugabe 7 November 2017 HARARE - American citizen, Martha O'Donovan, who is currently languishing at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, has denied allegations that she wanted to topple President Robert Mugabe's government, in a bail appeal filed at the High Court yesterday, The 25-year-old faces up to 20 years in jail if conv...
Zim police arrest US citizen over tweet 5 November 2017 HARARE - An American citizen — Martha O'Donovan — was yesterday arrested by the police for allegedly posting a tweet which allegedly undermined the authority of President Robert Mugabe. According to a police charge sheet, O'Donovan, of Magamba TV, allegedly posted a message using username @mat...
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...
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...
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...
Gvt to escalate social media blitz 10 July 2016 HARARE - After successfully and temporarily jamming the WhatsApp platform during Wednesday's nationwide stay-away, there are fears that government will intensify controls as we approach the 2018 elections, observers contend. However, as they say; once bitten twice shy — citizens after this ord...
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...
Moyo blasts Herald over Zanu PF wars 22 January 2016 HARARE - As Zanu PF's deadly factional and succession wars continue unabated, Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo took to Twitter yesterday, querying The Herald's coverage of the ruling party's worsening infighting. “It is as curious as it is concerning that @HeraldZimbabwe now has referen...
Social media spawns love 16 February 2015 HARARE - Social media, particularly Facebook has ignited a 'real love' relationship that has sent tongues wagging among Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. What started off as a friendly chat between two socialites who were more than 15 000 km apart during the course of last year has somehow turned i...
MDC lifts social media ban 10 February 2015 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has lifted a social media ban imposed to disrupt the communications of party dissidents recklessly attacking the opposition party's leadership. Insiders said that the pro-democracy MDC had come under pressure from critics to end the ban, which was seen as a mov...
Tsvangirai social media ban ill-advised 9 February 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe is ranked among the countries with a dynamic Information Communication Technology (ICT) growth and this is on the back of significant strides made by the government of national unity. It is surprising therefore that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangira...
Joburg most active Twitter city in Africa 12 March 2014 JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg is the most active city on Twitter in Africa, according to a new study released on Wednesday, which analyses activity on the microblogging site on the continent. The How Africa Tweets study was conducted by international strategic communications agency Portland and ...