Yesterday, talk show host Zororo Makamba put out a video commenting on the state of government websites. It was pretty surprising that official websites had such glaring errors. You would expect that the government would try to have platforms that are up to date and informative especially as people outside the country may visit these sites as their first port of call in search for information related to the country.
Where are official Government emails?
Makamba also raised the concern about government emails. Most of the government officials have Gmail emails and if you remember Hilary Clinton’s use of Gmail became a point of interest after she was hacked close to elections. Closer to home, Jonathan Moyo the former Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development also had his Gmail hacked last year, so it’s still questionable whether these are the most secure email accounts to use for government guys.
Sites redirecting to non-government social media
The ICT Ministry site had links to redirect to their social media feeds, which is fair enough but the only problems is these links were redirecting to random accounts that have nothing to do with the ICT ministry or our government. Their link to twitter was redirecting to the ‘official’ twitter of….Twitter. The YouTube link was also redirecting to a channel called uTtube. You already guessed it, Facebook was redirecting to a Facebook Engineer’s account. The Facebook and Twitter links were updated and are now redirecting to the correct channels. The Youtube link is now showing an error message.
Are we in the information age or misinformation age?
The Ministry of women’s affairs states Honourable Nyasha Chikwinya as the Minister but the picture is of Oppah Muchinguri who was in this position from 2005-2009. The website for Zimbabwes Embassy to Sweden still lists Joice Mujuru as Vice President and the late Morgan Tsvangirai as the Prime Minister, which I think is utterly unacceptable.
So many questions
It’s worrying that in 2018 and in this ‘new dispensation’ we have this kind of misinformation going around. I wonder if the government even knew about these things or if they had been hacked.