President Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, who is accompanying the President on his EURASIA tour, said the internet was shutdown to protect society.
He was speaking to ZBC Diplomatic Correspondent, Judith Makwanya in Azerbaijan. He said the internet was used to coordinate the violence during the stay away thus Government had to shut it down. Said Charamba:
The internet was the tool used to coordinate the violence, in other words it was part and parcel of the accessory of tools put in place to ensure that there was maximum damage on our society and naturally when you are reacting to a conspiracy of that nature….you ensure that society is protected. But is it not interesting how when we are carrying our dead to the cemetery, at a time when we are counting losses that run into millions of dollars, someone is worried about the internet. I think the Western world has a proverbial way of putting it: ‘Worrying about or crying over the plumage of a bird and forgetting the dying bird,’ does that make sense to you? You expect us to preserve the internet and ensure that there is maximum damage to our society? What is wrong with our scale of values? I don’t think Zimbabweans are that confused. What we are looking at is a weapon of choice which was being deployed to try and coordinate violence, which has now been removed, thanks to the prompt action of the state, there is no way you expect us to sacrifice a national good for the sake of internet. If they want uninterrupted internet, let them abide by the law.
He said the Nelson Chamisa led MDC was behind the acts of violence as it seeks to overturn Mnangagwa’s election victory.