Zim Government Finally Opens Social Media.


Zimbabwe government has been forced by  MISA through a high court appeal to reverse the decision to continuously block social media and the internet at large.

At the time of writing, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe had restored full data service while other operators were yet to effect the ruling.

High court judge  Justice Owen Tagu  today  on the 21st of   January ruled that the Minister of state in the President’s office responsible  for national security does not have the authority to issue any directives in terms of the interception  Communications Act

This means that the directives issued by Minister Owen Ncube to shutdown Internet in Zimbabwe are Illegal and therefore without eflect.

The Interception cl Communications Act is one at 11 Acts directly administered by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe The President does have the right to assign any other Cabinet members to
act on his behalf to administer any at these 12 Acts.

This is in terms of Statutory instrument 212 of 2015 as read on behalf 104(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe

Advocate Eric Matinenea pointed this out as a preliminary point when he appeared on behalf of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and MISA Zimbabwe in their application challenging the use or
the interception of communications Act (in).

here is the full ruling

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