The government is looking at passing the Computers and Cyber Crime Bill before the harmonized elections set for 2018. Critics of the bill have argued that Bill will give the government the power to spy on people’s private communications. However, Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Supa Mandiwanzira said that people are free to make their views known on the bill before it is passed into law.
Speaking at Southern Africa media stakeholders’ conference Mandiwanzira said:
Consultations around the Cyber Bills are at an advanced stage and the ICT ministry will soon be tabling them before Cabinet
We do not want this process to be viewed as an attempt to curtail people’s freedoms during the elections period and as such we will seek to conclude the process as soon as possible.
At the end of the day we want laws that strike a balance between promoting citizens freedoms while protecting them.
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