The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) commander Edzai Chimonyo has said social media abuse has become a threat to national security and private communications between private citizens should be closely monitored by the military.
Chimonyo made the remarks on Friday while addressing senior military commissioned officers at the Zimbabwe Military Academy (ZMA) who had completed a 25-week training course in Gweru. He said:
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As commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, I am happy that the course laid a proper foundation in the areas of cybersecurity, which pose a dangerous threat to our national security.
Social media poses a dangerous threat to our national security. Social media is one of the tools that is being used for misinformation and I believe that your training has been an eye-opener to the rigours and realities of technological advancements.
Meanwhile, the Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA) chairperson Tabani Moyo said the threats of surveillance by the military were alarming.
Moyo added that digital space should be regulated in a structured manner through an Act of Parliament, that is, the Cyber Crime and Data Protection Bill which is being drafted by the Ministry of ICT.