INFORMATION and Technology Minister Supa Mandiwanzira says government has no plans to ban or regulate social media because it views it as an important tool for development but only discourages the facility’s misuse.
Mandiwanzira told a local radio station current affairs programme Monday night that those spreading rumours that Harare was about to ban social media had an agenda against the government.
“We have no intention to regulate social media and we will not be consulting people about things we don’t want to do, but if the need arises that we must regulate social media, trust me we will ask you, we will ask Zimbabweans how they think we should protect them.
“This is a hype that is being created in the social media space by people with an agenda; people who want this Government to look terrible, who want the Ministry to look like it doesn’t know what it is doing; please forgive us we don’t have that intention,” said the minister.
Mandiwanzira’s comments come after the arrest of Pastor Evan Mawarire who was charged with inciting public violence and seeking to overthrow a constitutionally elected government through his ThisFlag campaign. Mawarire was, however, released after a magistrate found him innocent.
The minister said the Zanu PF government was not afraid of criticism but refused to say why Mawarire was arrested in the first place.