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signs spying bill into law
August 03, 2007
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Mugabe has signed the Interception
of Communications Bill into law. The Chief Secretary to the
President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda announced this in a general
notice issued in the Government Gazette of 3 August 2007.
The Act will
make lawful the interception and monitoring of communications in
the course of their transmission through a telecommunications, postal
or any other related service or system in Zimbabwe. The Act also
provides for the establishment of a monitoring centre.
warrant, to be issued by the Minister of Transport and Communications
maybe applied for by the Chief of Defence Intelligence, the Director-General
of the Central Intelligence Organisation, the Commissioner of Police,
and the Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority or
any of their nominees.
among them Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are required to install
systems which are "technically capable of supporting lawful
interception at all times." ISPs will not have long to comply
with this law as the Act clearly states that regulations to this
effect will be issued within two months of the commencement of this
Chairperson Loughty Dube expressed dismay at the promulgation of
this Act calling it yet another sad day for Zimbabweans.
indeed a very sad day for Zimbabweans who for a long time now have
had their right to freedom of expression being taken for granted.
The government has refused to open the airwaves, closed newspapers
and as if that is not enough it now wants to pry into people's
conversations. This is simply an indication of a government that
is afraid of its own citizens. And when a government becomes afraid
of its own citizens, it becomes a danger upon those citizens. As
Zimbabweans we do not deserve such laws. We will certainly ask our
legal department to look into the possibilities of mounting a constitutional
challenge against this law in the Supreme Court," Dube said.
What remains now is the
publication of a statutory instrument which will advise when the
law will become operational in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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