Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement

Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement By Kudzai Chimhangwa In the early morning of November 15, 2017, Zimbabweans woke up to the news that former strongman, the late Robert Mugabe, had been deposed in a coup d’etat, and was under house arrest with his family at the presidential residence, State House. Major General Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign affairs minister, announced on state television that the president was safe under state custody and that “the situation has moved to another level.” Almost immediately following General Moyo’s…

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Amid Civil Unrest, Internet Shutdowns are Making Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis Worse

Amid Civil Unrest, Internet Shutdowns are Making Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis Worse By Kudzai Chimhangwa Following the January 12 declaration of an official fuel price hike in Zimbabwe, civil unrest and political paranoia has rocked the nation. President Emmerson Mnanagagwa announced that fuel prices at $1.30 USD per liter would go up by 150 percent, making Zimbabwe’s fuel among the most expensive in the world. The next day he left for a five-day tour of Russia and Eastern Europe, purportedly in search of investment deals. Chaos and anarchy broke out the…

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