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Cabinet approves eCommerce bill

The Principles for Electronic Transactions and Electronic Commerce (eCommerce) Bill was approved by cabinet according to a report by ZBC News. The nation is being informed that the development of information communication technologies in cyberspace requires that the legal and policy environment be adapted to take into account the relevant changes. In particular, there is […]


[Download] SI 229 of 2021 Freedom of Information regulations

The Government has published Statutory Instrument (SI) 229 of 2021 that outlines the disclosure of information by public entities. These new regulations are in terms of section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act [Chapter10:33]. You can download SI 229 of 2021 with the link below: Cover image credit: Campaign for Freedom of Information UK […]


The UK wants to make GDPR cookie popups to be better

When the European Union unleashed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) upon the world back in 2018 they brought about a much-needed intervention in the tracking and cookie world. Before that, it was the Wild-West out there with each tech giant doing as it pleased. Internet users had very little power and control over how […]


Cybersecurity Bill returns to Senate for a correction

The Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill which recently passed through the Senate without any debate has been recommitted to the same body over some errors through Standing Order number 158. This basically means that there are some clauses to the bill that need further attention and after this phase has been completed the Cybersecurity Bill […]


Zimbabwe needs a Startup Law (or Act): Here’s why

Unconventional Capital (UNCAP) notes that, 6/12 of the fastest growing economies in the world are African 22% of Africa’s working age population are starting new businesses 98% of early-stage enterprises are financially underserved and 90% of Venture Capital funding in East Africa still goes to expats.  This statistical evidence highlights the need for African countries to […]


Cyber legislation to allow a regulator to block apps in the UK

Online legislation is on everyone’s mind just 2 weeks after South Africa’s bill was proposed, UK’s Ofcom is set to gain the authority to block access to online services that are deemed to not be doing enough to protect children and other users. Cyber legislation trend The measure is to be added to the UK […]


SA Cybercrime Bill in conflict with Whatsapp Privacy Policy.

A look at the new South African cyber crime bill aimed criminalizing revenge porn and cybercrimes associated with Whatsapp.


The deadline for all registered companies to re-register is fast approaching

The deadline for all registered companies to re-register (March 2021) is fast approaching.


Download: Veritas legal comment on Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill

The Government of Zimbabwe proposed Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill is being fast tracked into law by the Parliament. Below is an easy to read commentary by Veritas on the proposed law: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code […]


U.S govt putting pressure on Kenya over digital tax

A couple of months ago Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta approved the 2020 Financial Bill. The bill made a number of changes to Kenyan Tax legislation but the biggest part about that bill was the Digital Services Tax. Through this legislation, the Kenyan government would impose a 1.5% tax on digital sales and services. The US […]


Video: Here is how Facebook VAT will work in Zimbabwe

Facebook announced that from the 1st of Septermber 2020, it will be charging Zimbabwean customers 14.5% VAT on every purshase of their services. This means that if you want to promote your Facebook page or a facebook post you’ll be paying 14.5% more than you were before. In this video we shall look at how […]


Chin’ono & Ngarivhume banned from social media after getting bail

Yesterday, prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume who had been arrested on the 20th of July were finally granted bail. Apart from the $10 000 & $ 50 000 bail, instructions to report to the police 2-3 a week respectively, and surrendering their passports, the two were also banned from using social media. Yuhp, […]


Cyber Bill now priority as Govt looks to “deal with those spreading falsehoods”

A few days ago, the Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi told the Daily News that the government was prioritising the Cyber Crime Bill. In fact, parliament hopes to “cover a lot of ground on it” this week. It’s normally a good thing when legislators prioritise bills that govern the digital space. In our case, there […]


The law does not subscribe to likes and retweets

There’s been a flurry of online campaigns lately to get certain organisations to act in a way that appeases social media. The one that got my particular attention as an entrepreneur is the one against Impala Car Rentals. Word got out that Impala Car Rentals (ICR) rented our a car to individuals who proceeded to […]


Video: EcoCash sets daily limit at Z$5000. Who is hit hardest?

RBZ issued a monetary statement directing mobile money wallets to suspend agent accounts and set a daily limit of Z$5000. In this video we look at what this means for the average Zimbabwean as well as who is most affected. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or […]


ZimRights & MISA file urgent chamber application to stop search of Econet premises

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe together with Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) filed an urgent application with the High Court forbidding the ZRP and CID from searching Econet’s premises and obtaining a database containing all subscriber details. MISA & ZimRights argue that the warrant of search and seizure threatens citizens’ various fundamental rights, […]


Econet CEO – Issuance of search warrants one of the tools used by state to interfere with rights

The court documentation filed by Econet as part of their Urgent Chamber Application to temporarily suspend the Magistrate Court’s decision to issue a Search and Seizure warranty to the ZRP makes for interesting reading. Econet Wireless’ Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Mboweni has a written statement that is part of the Urgent Chamber application and in […]


Econet files urgent chamber application challenging ZRP search warrant

Econet earlier today filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court for a stay on execution ( to temporarily suspend the execution of a court judgment) on the Magistrate’s decision to grant CID with a search and seizure warranty last week. The court order which cites the ZRP commissioner General Godwin Matanga, Mkhululi Nyoni […]


Amazon fined for dealing with sanctioned countries including Zimbabwe

On the 8th of July, the US Department of Treasury issued a statement to the effect that the Office of Foreign Assets Control had reached a settlement with Amazon. Amazon agreed to pay US$134 523 “for apparent violations of multiple OFAC sanctions programs”. What exactly did Amazon do? Amazon unintentionally delivered goods to sanctioned people […]


Video: From firing 9 Execs to suing the Office of the President here is a tale of ex NetOne CEO, Lazarus Muchenje

This is a video showing the timeline of Lazarus Muchenje’s tenure as CEO of NetOne. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Video: EcoCash to be integrated to Zimswitch. What does it mean?

RBZ announced that Zimswitch is now Zimbabwe’s national payment switch and that all monetary service providers are directed to integrate with it. What does this mean to me the customer? Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on […]


Here’s where this week’s public consultations on the Cyber Security Bill are being held

The parliament recently issued a notice to the effect that the next public consultations and hearings on the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill are being held. The hearings will be held between 6-10 July, virtually and physically (venues below) by 3 parliament teams. The teams will cover various places in Zimbabwe as follows: TEAM 1 Date Place Venue Time ofHearing Monday, 6 July 2020 […]


Kenya to introduce digital tax for online sales and services

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has approved the 2020 Financial Bill, this bill consists of proposed amendments to the: The Income Tax Act The Value Added Tax Act, 2013 The Excise Duty Act, 2015 The Tax Procedures Act, 2015. The most notable part of this piece of legislation is the Digital Services Tax. The Kenyan government […]


Police stations to use POS machines to discourage bribery

Police stations across the country will now make use of POS machines that will be used for admission of guilt fines – a move that the ZRP believes will reduced cases of bribery. The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) is said to have distributed 333 POS machines to 319 stations across the country. The number of […]


Thoughts On The Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill

On the 15th of May The Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill was gazetted. The public was asked to comment on the bill in a process that ends on the 26th of June. The digital age has brought with it a unique set of concerns. Security was something that was assured by physical or geographical […]


Parliament Invites Public Commentary On Cyber Security & Data Protection Bill

On the 15th of May, the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill was gazetted by government and before it is effected into law the bill should go through a phase of public consultation where ordinary Zimbabweans like you and me go through it and share comments with Parliament. This being the case the Parliament of […]


High Court Commercial Division Sets Deadline To Go Fully Digital

The High Court’s Commercial Division aka the Commercial Court recently got a deadline to go fully paperless by the 1st of June 2021. This is part of the court’s digital migration which has been underway for over a year now. The deadline was outlined in Statutory Instrument 123 of 2020 titled High Court (Commercial Division) […]


Full Breakdown Of The High Court’s Ruling On EcoCash Application For RBZ To Reverse Directive

3 weeks ago, the Reserve Bank issued a directive ordering mobile money operators to ban agents that were transacting above a threshold of ZW$100 000. After effecting the ban EcoCash would have to register once again to meet certain KYC demands. EcoCash responded by filing an urgent chamber application to the high court seeking the […]


Media Institute Says Cyber Security Bill Encourages Surveillance

The recently gazetted Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill has raised concerns – especially the plan for POTRAZ to house the National Cyber Security Centre. I raised concerns regarding the organisation and whether they will be able to carry out their mandate freely. Media Institute of Souther Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has also published an analysis […]


POTRAZ To HouseNational Cyber Security Centre If Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill Is Passed Into Law

The draft of the Cybersecurity bill was finally gazetted – it’s one step closer to coming into law or (if parliamentarians aren’t happy with it) being rejected. One of the more topical issues outlined in the bill is the fact that POTRAZ will become the “National Cyber Security Centre” if the bill is effected into […]