The president of Zimbabwe Cde Robert Mugabe, on Friday Officially opened the Zimpost Murombedzi Community Information Centre , before African and European delegates who had just finished the African Telecommunications Union ATU, in Zvimba area.
While addressing the delegates and members of the public who had gathered to witness the official unveiling, The Head of State, passionately spoke on how he understands the need to support ICTs and the growth of technology in Zimbabwe.
By Tonderai Toneo Rutsito
President Mugabe said that the Murombedzi centre is only a leading site towards fulfilling the vision, and four more sites are now already ready for official unveiling around the nation as government seeks to provide technological solutions to their communities.
He said that such a decision came from a Geneva resolution they held to support the rural communities of their respective countries.
“ We had a Geneva declaration in 2013, where we laid the foundation during the World Summit on the Information Society to give equal technological support to all our rural areas, in our quest to bridge the technological divide”
President Robert Mugabe also said that this programme will see all the nation`s 52 districts having their own technology centre or community information centre.
“We have been moving around various rural schools, and have donated a minimum of 10 computers per every school and we are still inspired by the activity to bring the technology to all corners of the nation”, he added.
These community information centres are meant to be one stop ICT shops , to provide services for the community including communication services online, printing, laminating, scanning services and many more.
The president said they also serve as disaster recovery centres in times when a nation is under health pandemics like cholera, malaria or even natural emergencies too.
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In his remark, the president spoke about the need to guard against cyber threats and crimes, and advocated for youths and scholars to be protected against harmful websites or online content which may be perpetrated by various online sources.
Zimpost and the ministry of ICT partnered to see the vision of the Murombedzi community information centre become a reality with a fully fledged technological centre operational in the rural areas.
A total 27 desktop computers were installed at the centre where they are expected to serve members of the community with various services and keep them in the technological loop.
Netone a state owned mobile operator also introduced their recently launched Chatter box, a fixed phone service for their mobile network.