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ZANU-PF preparing to wage war on social media

ZANU-PF has announced they will be creating provincial social media teams. The duty of these teams according to a Chronicle report will be to “defend the party and government programs on social media.” This is a pretty interesting development and when you consider the party’s image online, it’s surprising ZANU-PF didn’t do this sooner. According […]

“ZANU PF commends gvt for allowing ‘EcoCash’ to be overseen by RBZ through Zimswitch”

The title of this article is a paraphrase of part of the statement issued by ZANU PF today commenting on the economy. Here is the actual excerpt: ZANU PF also wishes to commend government for the decision that it has taken to allow mobile money operators to be overseen by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe […]

[Videos] ZANU PF MPs Disrupt ICT Portfolio Committee Meeting

Today an ICT parliamentary portfolio committee meeting had to be postponed after ZANU PF members of parliament disrupted proceedings, making it impossible for the meeting to be held. The committee meeting was supposed to address the following issues according to one of the MPs present: NetOne Corruption – the NetOne board was allegedly supposed to […]

ED Revives Media Watch Dog That Was Dissolved 20 Years Ago

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Trustees for the Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust (ZMMT) that was dissolved and has been dormant since 2000. A brief history According to Wikipedia, ZMMT was set up back in 1981 as part of the government’s new media policy, under widespread criticism of the national media, which at the time was […]

ZANU PF Youth League Deputy Warns Econet To “Stop Abusing EcoCash Facility”

Lewis Matutu, ZANU PF Youth League’s outspoken deputy has come out with a warning for Econet and EcoCash. @econetzimbabwe please stop what you are doing to our economy through the abuse of your Ecocash facility @nickmangwana @NewsDayZimbabwe @HeraldZimbabwe @eNCA — Lewis matutu (@MatutuLewis) July 5, 2019 The youth leader didn’t go into specifics of what […]

Why Using A Twitter Poll As An Approval Rating Is Not Such A Good Idea

If you’re a Twitter user, you may have come across and even participated in the infamous poll uploaded by Studio 7 VOA. If you’re not a Twitter user you may have come across some media outlets running the story claiming that the President had won approval ratings, stemming from the aforementioned poll. The idea that […]

It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

Data breaches and invasion of privacy are rarely discussions that captivate the majority of Zimbabwean audiences but last year there was one invasion that seemed to stir up the hornet’s nest. During the 2018 campaign season, ZANU-PF decided it would be a very good idea to send some mobile network subscribers very personal SMSs which […]

ANC Texts Voters Ahead Of Elections Like ED, ZANU PF Could Learn Some Lessons

Last year as we approached elections a number of us were surprised when we started receiving unsolicited messages from the President asking for our vote. What pissed many of was the fact that many who received the message were not members of the ZANU PF and were surprised that the party had their number… In […]

ZANU PF Debit Card Causes Stir On Social Media

The ruling party seems to have recently issued out debit cards to party members. The card was introduced a number of years back but back then it was not entirely clear what the function of the card was. For a $2 joining fee and a $1 monthly payment, the card can be used to transact […]

Full Text: Jonathan Moyo’s Allegations Against Strive Masiyiwa – This Is War

Former Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo beef with Strive Masiyiwa is still on and the Professor has published a series of tweets containing disturbing allegations on the Econet’s Founder. What started as a mere exchange of opinions has turned into a war of words. 1/24 The self-righteous outburst by #StriveMasiyiwa, supported by his fellow bible-quoting juntapreneurs, in […]

MDC Makes 6 Demands To Zanu-Pf Including, “The Immediate Scrapping Of The 2% Money Transfer Tax”

The prevailing economic turmoil has prompted the largest opposition party (MDC) to make demands to the ruling party (Zanu-PF) so as to give people a reprieve. Following MDC’s demonstration yesterday, it issued a list of things that it wants the government to rectify immediately, which are; Immediate Interim Demands Pending dialogue and discussion above, we […]

ZEC Failed To Ensure “Impartial and Fair Coverage” Of The Election By State Media, ZBC Did Propaganda For Zanu-PF: MDC Alliance Court Petition

The role of media in elections is undoubtedly critical. Media gives politicians a chance to share their visions and plans with their supporters (aspiring supporters) on what they will do (for their voters) when they are elected into office. This gives voters a chance to choose which politician to vote for. And as part of […]

ZEC Released Phone Numbers Database To Zanu-PF, Says MDC Alliance In Its Petition Challenging Presidential Election Results

Some weeks ago, just before the elections, Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) were caught up in a sensational controversy. Both Zanu-PF and ZEC were accused of colluding in the sending of unsolicited bulk SMSs to people. The issue was somewhat ignored by some political parties until now, a week after election results were announced. […]

Zanu-PF Gets Lions Share Media Coverage Since Election Period Began, Private Press Fails To Give Equal Coverage To Political Parties: MMPZ Report

The media has a role to inform the citizens about the competing political parties and their programmes and candidates, and to contribute to the formation of the opinion of the electorate. With that might, media coverage has to be equally allotted to all political parties so that people make informed decisions on who to vote […]

Zanu-PF Sends New Bulk SMSs Thanking Recipients In Advance For Voting For ED Mnangagwa

Zanu-PF has sent out a fresh batch of bulk SMSs ‘thanking’ people for voting for President Mnangagwa on the election day which is now three days away. Zanu-PF is no stranger to sending bulk SMS asking for people’s votes. And the sensational part of the bulk SMSs is that they were said to be unsolicited by people […]

Zanu-PF Sends New Unsolicited Bulk Text Messages, They Even Refer To The Recent Demonstrations By MDC

It’s getting crazier and crazier every day as 30 July approaches, particularly regarding the seemingly never-ending unsolicited bulk SMSes issue that has grabbed everyone’s attention. The issue has reached a climax with one Masvingo Lawyer, Owen Mafa dragging Econet, ZEC, ZANU PF and An Aspiring MP To Court over the unsolicited SMs he received. Whilst […]

ZANU PF Text Saga Continues: Lawyer Takes Econet, ZEC, ZANU PF And An Aspiring MP To Court

There’s a new twist to the story of the unsolicited text messages that some ZANU PF candidates sent to individuals who never gave them their contact details. I don’t know if it’s accurate to say ZANU PF candidates sent the messages when some candidates told us they were shocked to hear messages had gone out […]

ZANU-PF Claims They Only Sent Messages To Supporters Who Attended Party Meetings; Does That Add Up?

In our country, politics and technology rarely mix. This week, however, politics and technology have been the best of friends. ZANU-PF whipped up a storm when they sent unsolicited SMSes to some subscribers on Econet encouraging them to vote for the party. The message pissed people off because it was very specific and was not […]

Supa Mandiwanzira Speaks About The Voters Roll Being Online, He However Ignores The Unsolicited Texts From ZANU PF Candidates

Yesterday we broke the news that the entire Voters’ Roll had been uploaded to the internet with all personal information about the over 5 million registered voters available. Information includes addresses, sex, ID numbers… We obviously did not agree with this as it makes basically the whole nation vulnerable to identity thieves, stalkers or plain […]

Full Statement By POTRAZ About Giving Subscriber Database To Zanu-PF To Send Unsolicited Campaign Text Messages

Following the accusations that it colluded with Zanu-Pf by giving them customer’s data to send targeted bulk SMSes at people, Potraz has issued a statement, attempting to clear its name; Please note That POTRAZ did not share any susbscriber information with third parties, as it does not keep such data. POTRAZ prohibits operators from sharing […]

What do POTRAZ And The ZANU PF Candidates Who Sent Unsolicited Messages Have To Say About Accessing People’s Data?

The ongoing controversy of targeted bulk SMS by Zanu-PF aspiring candidates is nothing short of drama. The notable burning questions which were raised out of this drama were, “Where did Zanu-PF get the database?” and “What does the law say about accessing people’s data and sending unsolicited SMSes?” A Recap Naturally, people (initially) accused Zimbabwe […]

Zanu-PF Vs MDC Alliance: Here Are Their Plans For ICT

Forgive us for seeming like we are going political but politics ultimately affect everyone including us. Whoever is going to rule Zimbabwe after elections will implement policies that will affect technology, finance, media etc Zimbabwe’s two main political parties have released their manifestos, setting out what they would do if elected into government on July 30. […]

ZEC Instructs Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe To Provide Equal Coverage To All Political Parties

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has written to Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe(BAZ) asking them to grant equal coverage on all media platforms to all participating political parties for the upcoming 2018 Elections. Since the past 20 years or so Zimbabweans have been ‘force fed’ to watch just one television channel, that […]

Zanu PF Using Multi-Tier Pricing System As Members Pay $10 Extra For Using Ecocash

Earlier this year, The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya announced that the Zanu-PF controlled government was set to put in place measures to stop curb the multi-tier pricing system (also known as 3 tier pricing) that is prevalent in doing transactions in the country. The Bill easily sailed through parliament and now awaits the […]

Does Mnangagwa Or ZANU PF Think They Can Bully Their Way Into A Better Economy?

Frightening or bullying people never works out well, does it? And threatening retailers will not bring in foreign currency in Zimbabwe right? President Emmerson Mnangagwa has spoken again on price hikes by retailers and producers. This time the president went on to set up a ZANU PF politburo team which will be chaired by the […]

Zanu-PF removes Robert Mugabe images from official website

Following the military takeover events in Zimbabwe this past week, and a subsequent removal of President Robert Mugabe from his position as Zanu-PF’s President today by that party’s Central Committee,  the political party has removed all his images from its official website. This was done today apparently after the political party announced the purging of […]

Former ICT Minister says Ministry of Cyber Security uncalled for

Everyone knows by now that a new ministry was commissioned last month, the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The new ministry was established to deal with the significant threats posed by cyber criminals striving to effect regime change in the country. The government confirmed that the ministry’s focus will be on social […]

ZANU PF membership cards to soon turn into ‘debit cards’

So back in 2014, Techzim wrote about how the ZANU PF membership cards now had a Zimswitch logo. At that time, it was quite unclear how everything would work we were all left but just wondering since none of the stakeholders could give us any useful information. 3 years later, we now have the answers […]

Jonathan Moyo’s Gmail hacked

Prominent and outspoken Zimbabwean politician, Jonathan Moyo, said yesterday that his Gmail account was hacked and his password changed. As a result, he’s been locked out of his mailbox. The hack, according to him, happened yesterday around 3PM (16 September). Moyo also said yesterday that Google has so far refused to give him back control of the mailbox. […]

Zanu-PF website hacked. Showing pirate movies and porn pictures (update)

Update (1815hrs): The site has now been taken down totally. Update (1720hrs): The site has since had the bad content removed The website of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF was hacked. The website right now is showing links to pirate movies of such titles as Despicable Me, Cars 3 and Logan. Some sections of the website […]