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AG: ICT Minister Mandiwanzira got loans from POTRAZ without gov approval

[This article from the 24th of July 2016 has been republished because it is related to current events as they concern Minister Supa Mandiwanzira and the corruption allegations leveled against him] With fresh allegations of corruption already being levelled against the ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, it doesn’t do him any good that the Auditor General is […]

Kangai Responds To The Lawsuit Against Him By NetOne

Operation Restore Legacy continues… It has been an interesting few days or shall I say month as Kangai, Mandiwanzira and NetOne have been going back and forth on some corruption scandals. Today, the NewsDay published a response from Kangai to the suit that was leveled against him by NetOne. Before I get there, a little […]

Here’s What We Discussed At The Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum 2017

In the afternoon we highlighted that we were attending the Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF) 2017. In case you’re wondering what ZIGF is; well, ZIGF as defined is a multi-stakeholder forum for public policy dialogue on issues of Internet Governance in Zimbabwe. It is at such forums where policies are shaped… and in this case policies […]

Competition Policy for Zimbabwe launched today… even the universe endorses it!

The day we decide to launch a Competition Policy for Zimbabwe is the day we have a huge internet outage, what are the odds??? I’m sure you’re wondering what the connection between the two is, well worry nie, I’ll tell you. Today being World Competition Day, the Competition and Tariffs Commission (CTC) decided to commemorate the […]

Launch of Zimbabwe Competition Policy in pictures

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Cabinet announced, introducing the Ministry of ICT and Cyber Security

Just a few days back Techzim wrote about how we were anticipating for the new cabinet to be an effective one, same anticipation that the rest of Zimbabwe had to be fair. Well, the cabinet has been announced but for this particular article I will focus on just one of the ministries, the Ministry of Information […]

Cabinet dissolved: Out with the Old, In with the New (we hope)…

I’m sure we’ve all been following the events that have been happening in Zimbabwe, how we now have a new president and all. With that, constitutionally it then means that the previous cabinet becomes nullified. The constitution states that the occupation of the presidential office by a new candidate renders all ministers’ offices vacant, meaning […]

EXCLUSIVE: US Embassy Speaks On O’Donovan’s Arrest…

The US Embassy this morning responded to questions sent to them in regards to the arrest of Martha O’Donovan in the matter where the Zimbabwean Government is alleging that she denigrated the President of Zimbabwe through a tweet and was “subverting a constitutional government through Masterminding a social media campaign to overthrow the government by unconstitutional […]

New Twist. O’Donovan Accused Of Having Access To @Matigary

Earlier today Techzim reported that Martha O’Donovan from Magamba TV was taken into custody for a tweet that had allegedly been sent out by her during the Shoko Festival in early September. At the time it was not clear whether she had sent out the tweet or it was a retweet of someone else’s tweet but what […]

News Flash: ‘First Cyber Security Victim’ arrested…

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 […]

BAZ Returns To Court, Kwese TV Maybe Be Stopped Again

This week, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) approached the High Court again seeking to stop Kwese TV from broadcasting again. Last week, the High Court ruled in favor of Kwese TV and the satellite entertainment service was allowed to resume operations after they had suspended selling Kwese TV for 2 weeks. Kwese TV had […]

Here is the full Kwese TV ruling from High Court

Here is the full Kwese TV ruling from the High Court. You can download the document here. HH 666 -17 HC 8457/17 Ref HC 7999/17 Ref SC 677/17 MR DISH (PVT) LTD versus BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OF ZIMBABWE and 0 MUGANYURA HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE HUNGWE J HARARE, 15 & 29 September 2017 Application for leave […]

ATT: Cash Vending Now Criminalised In Zimbabwe

Remember when I said to not expect any government intervention on ‘illegal’ cash sales anytime soon? Turns out I was wrong. Effective immediately, according to an Extraordinary Government Gazette published yesterday, cash vending without a valid licence, permit or other written authority permitting such dealing under the regulations, has officially become illegal (I can get […]

URGENT: This is your chance to nominate candidates for Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe Board (BAZ)

Parliament is calling on the public to nominate candidates for Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board. This notice is to be treated as URGENT since the deadline for submission is tomorrow, the 30th of September 2017. If you have not submitted your nominations yet, time is running out. By now most of us know what […]

Kwese TV hasn’t won yet, the court case is still pending. Don’t listen to the rumours

Kwese TV hasn’t won the court case in the Supreme Court yet. Someone started spreading rumours that Kwese TV had won the court case. Techzim got in contact with someone from Dr Dish and they confirm that Kwese TV hasn’t won the court case yet. Do not be mislead by any news that says Dr […]

Econet being sued for US$870 375 over ‘stealing’ business idea

So the last time Techzim wrote about being robbed of your ideas by corporates, it sounded far-fetched to some. Well, maybe here’s a classic case of what we meant. I say maybe because as we all know, you are always innocent until proven guilty (on paper that is – quite unfortunate). You’ll remember Techzim wrote […]

Kwesé TV seeks High Court permission to continue operating despite BAZ appeal

You probably know that Kwesé TV was granted permission to operate in Zimbawe after having the broadcasting licence they were using suspended. The permission was granted in a High Court ruling and many of you have since started to enjoy the service. Yesterday, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe through its lawyers filed a notice of […]

BAZ is challenging the granting of ‘Kwesé TV license’ in Supreme Court

About a week ago, the High Court of Zimbabwe reserved judgment on the urgency of Kwesé TV application. A day later, the ruling was announced in favor of the urgent application and they were allowed to keep operating. Now, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is contesting the ruling of the High Court. BAZ lawyers […]

Download: Kwese TV distributor’s urgent High Court application against BAZ & its CEO

The matter of the Dr Dish broadcasting license is now before the courts. The legal process, whose length is hard to ascertain, will therefore decide if and when Kwese will be on TV screens in Zimbabwe again. Dr Dish which is being represented by Tawanda Nyambirai of Mtetwa & Nyambirai Legal Practitioners made  an urgent chamber application […]

New cybercrime law to criminalise “spreading falsehoods” on the internet, revenge porn, bullying and other activity

The Zimbabwe government is at an advanced stage of implementing news laws to deal with crimes on the internet and other electronic platforms. A Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill, which goes to parliament soon, is expected to be fast-tracked into law before the end of 2017 according to the Minister of ICT & Courier Services, […]

Google fined $2.7 billion by European Commission

The search engine giant, Google, has been fined €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion, or £2.1 billion) by the European Commission for violating the EU antitrust rules. This is more than twice the expected amount of roughly €1.1 billion. It is also a record-breaking fine as the previous largest monopoly case which involved Intel in 2009 only […]

Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in Zimbabwe: Dispelling the myths

There have been a number of publications in the local media, quoting comments from various ‘experts’, and citing developments elsewhere, using these to cast aspersions on the use of biometrics in the upcoming Zimbabwe elections.  Examples of these publications are “Red Flag over Biometric Registration” (The Herald, 11 March 20017), “France’s Cancellation of e-voting: Eye-opener […]

All mobile app stores in China are now required to register with the government

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration issued a bill stating that from January 16 2017 all mobile app stores in China should register with this body. With over 200 mobile app stores running in China alone, the regulator mentions concerns with application quality as well as security stating that applications are the main entry of malware and […]

Tanzanian website owner arrested for not disclosing online members personal details

Co-founder of popular Tanzanian website Jamii Forums has been arrested under their Cyber Crime Law for not disclosing members personal data following requests from the police. Their offices were raided on the 14 of December 2016 where the co-founder, Maxence Melo, was picked up by police while other staff members were questioned. Jamil Forums is one […]

Looks like we’ll be having a Bio-metric voters roll in 2017

On Thursday, the UNDP flighted a tender in the Herald calling on bids for the Procurement of Biometric Voter Registration Kits. The tender by the UNDP is in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission under the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Capacity Building Project (ZIM-ECO). The tender can be found on the UNDP website for any interested bidders. This is […]

Here is what the RBZ told banks in its circular No. 05-2016/BSD on reducing bank charges

The RBZ sent out a circular on the reduction of cash withdrawal charges to all banking institutions. The circular, No. 05-2016/BSD, states the background to the decision to reduce the bank charges, the revised cash withdrawal charges and cash withdrawal limits and even shows the exorbitant fees charged as of 5 December 2016.  See below: […]

Barclays Zimbabwe clarifies bank charges issues, says it was caused by a system delay

On Monday the RBZ issued a directive to all banks operating in Zimbabwe to change their bank charges effective 12 December 2016. The new bank charges for cash withdrawals at an ATM or over the counter are now set at 1% and 1.25% respectively. The directive between the RBZ and banks was communicated via a […]

Minister of ICT accuses mobile operators of externalising forex, makes strong case for unified gateway as solution!

According to a report published by the Chronicle today, the Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, has accused mobile operators of “fleecing” the country of foreign currency through understated international calls. Addressing Parliament on the issue, the Minister stated that Government did not have the necessary equipment to monitor incoming and outgoing calls creating a technical grey area […]

What happened to the peaceful demonstration to Econet HQ?

Two weeks ago, Ms. Sihle Maxine Mabuda sued Econet Zimbabwe for $50k (USD) on allegations that the mobile network operator had misrepresented its daily data bundles.  She argued that Econet was misleading the public by calling the “daily” bundles insinuating that their life span was a day (24 hrs) when in fact they were capped […]

Biometric Elections in Zimbabwe – Managing the Risks

The intention to introduce a Biometric Voting System (BVS) in Zimbabwe for the 2018 elections by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should be applauded as a step in the right direction.  The fact that the introduction of the system has been done after calls from the opposition and other experts including this author, for introduction […]