Just when we thought the ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was a big joke; the cops fire a warning shot!
We are reliably informed that at 5 am this morning, Martha O’Donovan of Magamba TV was picked up by the police and taken into their custody for ‘tweeting against the president’. In actual fact, Martha retweeted a ‘tweet against the president’ and amongst the 58 other retweets, she was picked out. The police came in with a search warrant and proceeded to confiscate all her electronic devices.
At the time of speaking to our source, there hadn’t been an actual charge laid on Martha yet. However, there’s some intel that suggests the charge is associated with a tweet made by Martha during the #ShokoFestival. Isn’t it interesting how people get arrested only so that the charge follows a whole lot later???
Nonetheless, after checking on twitter a bit, I came across a tweet by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers which states that Martha is said to have “undermined the authority of or insulted the President as defined in Section 33 of the Code”. Here’s the tweet:
Undermining authority of or insulting President as defined in Section 33 of the Code.
— ZLHR (@ZLHRLawyers) November 3, 2017
Well, to be honest, this case is not an offense under Zimbabwe’s Cyber Crime since so far it’s only backed by a Bill and not by a Law (so maybe I did clickbait you – sorry!). But here’s the point: isn’t this a classic case of the law overlap which seems too common on the Cyber Crime Bill?
If so then why on earth do we need to waste our already scarce resources repeating???