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Bill to be tabled before Cabinet
October 07, 2011
Communication Technology Bill will soon be tabled before Cabinet
after concerns raised by other ministries and government departments
have been addressed, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday. Information
Communication Technology Minister Nelson Cha-misa said there had
been delays in finalising the Bill as government ministries sought
convergence on some contentious issues.
He was giving
oral evidence before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media,
Information Commu-nication Technology and Publicity chaired by Nketa
MP, Mr Seiso Moyo (MDC-T).
been raised in the past with some ministries accusing Minister Chamisa
of encroaching into their functions and powers using the Bill.
He has been
accused of trying to usurp the powers and functions of Media, Information
and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu and Transport, Communications
and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche.
Yesterday Minister Chamisa said he would be finalising consultations
with other ministers and take the Bill to Cabinet before tabling
it before Parliament.
Bill is ready for Cabinet but is being delayed by the consultative
process with other colleagues. We will try to remove some aspects
which my other colleagues are not comfortable with," said Minister
Chamisa. "When we completed the ICT Bill and brought it before
Cabinet, there were concerns that I was trying to take with the
right hand what had been taken away from me with the left hand.
That I am trying to collapse other ministries."
said because of the inclusive nature the country is in, there was
an awkward situation where ICTs are being run by three ministries.
This, he said,
brought a challenge of bringing convergence in terms of regulation.
He said Minister Shamu superintends the arm that deals with frequency
allocation, while Minister Goche administers the organ that deals
with interception of communication while he deals with internet
issues; something he said brings a challenge in bringing convergence.
will lead to policy paralysis because the strides we have made are
a tenth of what we can make. You have politics creeping in, friction,
fighting for turf. It becomes a problem in terms of co-ordination,"
he said. Turning to the role by the private sector, Minister Chamisa
said pricing structures were still high as people were still in
the profiteering mentality that was prevalent during the Zim dollar
has not been a mindset shift. We have not heard the circumcision
of the mindset," he said.
He said there
was need for ICT awareness, particularly on televisions that certain
sets would cease to work once the country migrates from analogue
to digital in 2015.
On cyber security,
he said consultations were still on going at national, regional,
continental and global level to ensure convergence.
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