President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba explained the role of the newly created Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation led by Patrick Chinamasa.
Charamba also revealed that Mugabe chose Chinamasa because of his background in law to lead the development of laws for the ministry. He also said that Mugabe wants Chinamasa to draw experiences from authoritarian regimes such as China, Russia and North Korea which have shut down access to social media. Said Charamba:
I want to give these words from the President. He said Ministry iyoyo, one, its new, ndiyo riva redu kubata makonzo aya anoita mischief using cyber space. He (President Mugabe) is very clear because this is a new ministry; it needs law development, which is precisely why he thought of no other than a person with legal competence to handle that area. Then, of course, he also wants the new Minister to be able to draw from the experience from other countries. He specifically made reference to Russia, he made reference to China, and he made reference to the Koreans as countries who have done exceedingly well in terms of ensuring some kind order and lawfulness in that area. He then spoke about the structures to make sure that the Ministry then takes a workable form. And of course to use his (President Mugabe) words again, it’s called a protective Ministry, which means to protect the interests of the State.