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NetOne Board Chairperson Investigated For Appointing Associate To Reside Over Muchenje’s Hearing

The axing of Lazarus Muchenje continues to produce twists and turns akin to a Hollywood blockbuster with latest reports alleging abuse of office by the board chairperson who axed Muchenje for… ABUSE OF OFFICE! Ms Susan Mutangadura who is the acting board chairperson is alleged to have appointed a “suspected business acquaintance” and retired judge […]


Man Behind Fake Lockdown Claims To Appear Before Courts

Last week, President Mnangagwa spoke to ZBC about fake news and the consequences of sharing misinformation during the COVID-19 lockdown. In the interview, the President made it clear that one individual who circulated a fake document – which made it seem as if the President had extended the lockdown- was being looked for by local […]


LawBasket Offering Free Legal Assessment To African Startups

LawBasket – the online legal marketplace where lawyers meet clients (people with cases) to deliver legal services on customer-driven terms – has announced StartAP Legal Maturity Assessment Program to help startups The initiative will see LawBasket providing free legal maturity assessment for African startups. In our communication with LawBasket’s Co-founder and Head of Marketing Nyasha […]


8 South Africans Have Been Arrested For Spreading Fake News

South Africa’s Police Commissioner Bheki Cele informed citizens of the country that 8 people had been arrested for disseminating misinformation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The most popular of these arrests is a 55-year-old Western Cape resident who was arrested for posting a video urging South Africans to resist testing as the testing kits being used […]


Kenyans Will Soon Receive Court Summons Via WhatsApp

Kenya’s Parliament is considering passing into law an act that will allow the sending of summons via messaging applications. Summons may be sent by mobile-enabled messaging applications to the defendants’ last known and used telephone number Recommendation The chair of the Kenyan Law Society said that this was a positive development: For a start, the […]


MPs Ask For Lessons To Use Tablets

The issue of tablets in parliament has been a topical ever since the announcement was made that members of parliament would be getting the devices last year. Actually, MPs were originally set to receive tablets from the World Bank back in 2017, and that didn’t materialise and even if it didn’t it wouldn’t have caused […]


Judicial Service Commission To Introduce Electronic Case Management System

When covering the opening of the Legal Year last week, we talked about live streaming of court cases deemed of national interest. We missed one other tech-related development from the opening of the Legal Year, which is the introduction of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System. Stand out features from the ECMS will include the […]


Interview With Legal Startup LawBasket: “As A New Concept The Biggest Challenge Was Shifting Mindsets”

[Image Source: LawBasket – From left to right: Simba Mubvuma & Nyasha Makamba] Earlier this year we were part of the publications that covered LawBasket after their launch. The ‘online legal services marketplace’ has a presence in a number of African countries including Zimbabwe. LawBasket reached out to us and we had an interesting conversation […]


Local Start-up Receives $32K Seed Funding After Coming Second At Innovating Justice Challenge Finals

In October, we talked about Lexware, a local start-up that was representing Zimbabwe at the Southern Africa Innovating Justice Challenge Finals in South Africa. The finals took place last week on the 7th of November and Lexware came out second behind Chat2bo. And the winner of #JustInnovate19 is @Chat2Bo ! Well done Joanne and Nanda! […]


Cyber Crime Bill Finally Gets Cabinet Approval

The Cyber Crime, Security and Data Protection Bill which was drafted back in 2016 has finally been approved by the Cabinet. The bill will now be tabled in parliament for debate but no timelines were shared for when we can expect this to be done. The bill seeks to combat cyber crime and increase cyber […]


Is It Legal For Econet To Reveal The Identity Of Whoever Threatened Dr Magombeyi?

Recent revelations that Dr Peter Magombeyi received threats before being abducted have set the internet ablaze with certain people calling on Econet to reveal the identity of who sent these threatening texts to the missing Doctor. The message sent read: Usazoti I did not warn u. Ramba uchiita nharo. Uchatorwa nechamupupuri. We are getting close […]


South Korea Is Taking One Out Of China’s Book & Increasing Internet Censorship

South Korea scores high marks on most aspects relating to democracy but unfortunately, internet censorship isn’t one of those. Over the last few years, the country has been tightening its grip on what citizens can and cannot do on the internet. Why censor the internet? So what’s the reason behind South Korea’s censorship? Well, North […]


Nyambirai Of TN Holdings Sues Mthuli Ncube Over Currency Change

Prominent lawyer/businessman Tawanda Nyambirai is suing the Finance Minister Prof Mthuli Ncube for his conversion of bond coins/notes and RTGS balances into a currency (RTGS Dollars which have been deemed equal to the incoming Zim Dollar, by the same man). Nyambirai’s issue stems from the fact that when bond coins/notes were introduced we were told […]


Econet Refutes Claims That They Are Violating Labour Laws

Last week, Zim Morning Post broke the news that Econet and Steward Bank were violating labour laws in a pretty lengthy post. We broke down that post here. Whilst our efforts to obtain a comment regarding this post were not fruitful, Econet did respond to the Herald and addressed the claims for the first time […]


Steward Bank & Econet Accused Of Violating Labour Laws

Local news publication Zim Morning Post has alleged that Steward Bank is “violating local labour laws” and abusing the rights of their workforce. Zim Morning claims they conducted an investigation after coming across a report that ranked Zimbabwe among the 10 worst countries to work in globally. This publication discovered that two of the group’s […]


What Can Be Done About Cyberbullying & Cyber Harassment?

I was approached by a fellow executive on how he could legally pursue and remove malicious information that is online. For years, Zimbabwean high profile individuals, executives and business owners have fallen victim to cyberbullying, Cyber Harassment and revenge p*rn. The internet has had a massive impact on many areas of personal and professional life, […]


Zim Courts Undergoing Digital Migration

Zimbabwe’s courts have been mandated to be paperless by the end of this year and their digitalisation seems to have some pretty lofty goals that will definitely make our court system pretty interesting. Chief Justice Malaba has reportedly already appointed a committee that will over see the digitisation process which is supposed to cut costs […]


Supa Mandiwanzira Seeks Constitutional Court Reprieve Says Robert Mugabe Approved All The Actions He’s Being Accused Of

Former Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira who is facing criminal abuse of office charges has decided to approach the Constitutional Court to have the case against him nullified. He is arguing that the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act under which he is being charged is not constitutional. His lawyer, Thembinkosi Magwaliba says: The section does not […]


New Company Law Will Require All Companies In Zimbabwe To Re-register, Will Finally Permit Use Of Most Local Languages For Official Records

The Parliament of Zimbabwe is in the process of establishing a new law for the registration and operation of companies in Zimbabwe. This law will replace the current Companies Act. It will be called the Companies and Other Entities Act (right now it is still a bill). The bill states that all companies that are […]


China Is More Aggresive Than African Countries When It Comes To Blocking Internet Services

January was pretty eventful for Zimbabweans, the Government took away our beloved internet access and for a few days many of us who had no knowledge about how VPNs worked had to learn on the job as that became the normal way to access many popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook  and even our main […]


Online Betting Is Still Illegal So If You’re Scammed, You’re On Your Own

So we recently got an email from someone claiming that he had been the victim of a scam being run by BetMargin50. BetMargin50, as the name suggests, is a betting company and the guy who alleges that they ripped him off had this to say: Hello guys,i just wanna urge all those who are registered […]


Veritas Fully Explains The Charges Being Levelled Against Supa Mandiwanzira

The Former ICT Minister is in a bit of a pickle as he is in an on-going court case facing charges of criminal abuse of office. It is alleged that Supa Mandiwanzira abused his office primarily in two ways; i) giving a company work on a government project without going to tender and, ii) appointing […]


Supa Mandiwanzira: I Did Not Defraud The Government

Former Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, was back in court today as his case regarding abuse of office continued after two postponements dating back to last year. Mandiwanzira is being charged with abuse of office on two counts; That he allegedly engaged Megawatt company, to do consultancy work for NetOne without going to tender That […]


Zimbabwe Could Award First Business Method Patent As Inventor Of ‘Solution To Help Curb Cash Crisis’ Challenges Patent Office In Court

Zimbabwe could issue its first Business Method Patent on the back of a patent application for a local innovation which is also the subject of a court application. This patent application, number ZW/P/2018/25, which has already been formally examined and accepted, is for an invention in the class of business methods, titled BANKNOTE POSSESSION TRACKING […]


COMESA Court Going Paperless As It Starts Implementing A Digital Justice System

Image credit: Mashable These days the statement “Going paperless” is often attached to the financial sector. Well, Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) can also brag to use that statement as well. COMESA partnered with CaseLines a United Kingdom-based company to implement what can be called a digital justice […]


High Court Controversially Orders Rural Teachers Association President Not To Use Social Media Whilst On Bail

A few weeks ago the leader of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe -Obert Masaraure- was arrested and charged with treason after the demonstrations that took place in mid-January. Whilst he’s being charged with “subverting a constitutionally elected government”, Mr Masaraure was granted bail for $500. Strangely though, the High Court Judge has also […]


2% Tax Still Illegal And Amounts To Unlawful Seizure Of Property – Veritas

Veritas has brought up again the issue of legality of the 2% tax on electronic transactions and whether it should be collected as it is right now. Before we even get into the legality of the process used to effect this tax, we must point out that the tax is in itself inherently illegal. It […]


Not Yet Uhuru: The Bigger Legal Issue On Internet Shut Down Has Not Been Addressed Yet

So yes the court has ruled that the internet shut down order given by the minister of state security was an illegal order. The judge went on to order the lifting of all restrictions on social media access that have been in place since Tuesday last week. The actual ruling made The ruling made by […]


[Breaking] High Court Declares That Internet Blockade Was Illegal And Social Media Access Must Be Restored

So last week the government decided to block the internet as a response to citizens protesting the state of the nation. On the surface, blocking the internet seems pretty illegal and the UN seems to think so too. In response to this seemingly unlawful act, MISA (Media Institute for Southern Africa) Zimbabwe along with the […]


AI Can Have A Dark Side Too: Heard Of Deepfake Videos?

When people think of harmful Artificial Intelligence, we usually think of the Rise of the Machines revolutions where robots get so intelligent they take over everything. The honest truth is there are many other ways AI can be harmful and if you’ve heard about Deepfakes then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. What are […]