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Cyber security legislation on cards

Itai Mushekwe

AN increasingly insecure government currently shaken by the prospect of looming opposition mass protests, is contemplating coming up with legislation to curb cyber crime.

Transport and Communications minister Christopher Mushohwe made the re

velation on Wednesday.

In a speech to mark World Telecommunications Day read on his behalf by acting permanent secretary in the ministry, Jacob Gonese, Mushohwe said the cyber security legislation was relevant to Zimbabwe since “we are connected to the global information communications system”.

Mushohwe said the move was in line with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which has been calling for global cyber security since the year 2002.

“This year’s theme serves to remind all ICT users of the threats that come with these new and expanding technologies,” said Mushohwe.

“As government we wish to involve all stakeholders in formulating consensus on the way forward in combating cyber crime. We also wish to include our parliament as there is need to come up with the requisite legislation to combat cyber crime,” he said.

Government has already tabled another controversial law, the Interception of Communications Bill. Under this legislation the state will be empowered to monitor and intercept Internet communications between citizens.

Mushohwe said given the threats that are posed to global economies by cyber crime, there was need to devise contingent measures to combat this crime, including “coming up with relevant legislation both for internal use and to facilitate international cooperation”.

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