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Freedom of Speech Robert Mugabe appoints 'Facebook and WhatsApp' minister

The controversial president has appointed Patrick Chinamasa as the head Threat Detection, and Mitigation ministry which some Zimbabweans have jokingly dubbed “minister of WhatsApp and Facebook”.

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President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has created a new ministry to crack down on “rats” who make use of the cyberspace to sabotage his government.

The controversial president has appointed former Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa as the head of the Threat Detection, and Mitigation ministry.

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The new portfolio has got critics talking as some Zimbabweans have joked about the development, claiming Chinamasa’s appointment makes him the “minister of WhatsApp and Facebook”.

However, Chinamasa’s first job, apparently is to get rid of, or regulate the use of Whatsapp and Facebook. Many analysts have raised serious concerns over freedom of expression, access to information and a clampdown on social media messaging.

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Recently, the government of Zimbabwe issued new rules on using WhatsApp, in the country.

Per the rules, groups must be registered and the administrator of the group must get clearance from government in order to be recognised.

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