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New Postal and Telecommunications Regulations draconian, unconstitutional
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The government of Robert
Mugabe has just published new regulations to regulate communications
the gazetting on Friday of the Statutory
Instrument 142 of 2013 on Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber
Registration) Regulations wants to violate and deny the people of
Zimbabwe their privacy. The regulations will make it possible for
the State agents to interfere with the communication rights of individual
As such, they
make Zimbabweans feel more insecure when communicating with each
other as they will know that their communications may, without due
process, be accessed by State agents. These regulations therefore,
violate the clear provisions of the Constitution
to the effect that every Zimbabwean has a right not to have his
or her communications interfered with.
Further the regulations
make it possible for State agents to actually monitor the content
of the conversations between or among individuals. This is because
the regulations do not prescribe the information that service providers
must allow the State agents access to.
Whereas State agents
can obtain information on an individual from the service providers,
the individual is not allowed access to the same information that
the State agents would have obtained. These regulations are clearly
designed to shrink the rights of the Zimbabweans as provided for
in the new Constitution.
They confirm that Zanu-PF
wants to convert Zimbabwe into a police State where individual rights
are disrespected by the State.
The MDC subscribes
to the general principle stated in Article 19 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, that; "Everyone has the right
to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom
to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
The People's Party of
Excellence believes that censorship should not be imposed unless
it is truly necessary to protect some other vital objective. It
is central in a democratic society that people should be left to
make their own judgements about what they wish to say, read or see,
free from State or other control, unless there will be real harm
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