The Zimbabwe National Army is ready to deal with anyone using electronic means to mobilise people to do anything unlawful.
According to the Herald, this was expressed by Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda in an interview.
Lieutenant-General Sibanda also highlighted how the army was training its officers in cyber warfare as a way of preparing for new types of threats against the country.
The statements are the latest communication from the State regarding the government’s readiness to deal with the realities of the digital age.
It’s comfort to know that the army has embraced technology through the adoption of cyber warfare training and strategies, something that will shape the country’s security strategy.
At the same time one major issue highlighted here is the millitary’s involvement in dealing with social media misuse.
Over the past few months online activism has gained a lot of steam as campaigns such as the Evan Mawarire led #ThisFlag movement and the #Tajamuka campaign have inspired civil participation and political protest.
Lieutenant-General Sibanda’s statements are the latest in that series of warnings and they also represent’s the security forces’ involvement in dealing with social media led unrest.
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