A high court Judge in Harare ruled this afternoon that the Minister of State in the Presidents office for National Security, Owen Ncube, does not have the authority to issue any orders to shut down the internet. This makes the orders he issued last week illegal.
MISA Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights challenged the internet and social media blockade at the high court following last week’s orders by government.
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Said MISA after the ruling:
The court has ruled that Minister of State does not have the authority to issue any directives. This means that the directives to shutdown the Internet are now reversed! The court did not rule on the constitutionality of the Interception of Communications Act today.
MISA was represented by Advocate Matinenga.
On Tuesday 15 January 2019, Ncube issued ordes to internet providers in Zimbabwe to block access, first to social media apps, and then eventually to the rest of the internet. The internet was eventually opened up 30 hours later, blocked again a day later for about 15 hours, then opened again. Social media access however has remained blocked to date.
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Owen Mudha Ncube is a Zimbabwan politician and current Minister of State in the president's office for National Security. He is also a businessman, farmer and a member of the Zanu-PF party. He is the former Minister of State for Midlands Province . He was... Read More About Owen Ncube
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is a not for profit human rights organization whose core objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of Zimbabwean society through... Read More About Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights