Zimbabwe: Mugabe Clashes With Tsvangirai

source: The Standard
Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:43

THE inclusive government faced its sternest challenge yesterday when the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai warned he would not accept President Mugabe’s unilateral decision to strip the Information and Communication Technology Ministry of its control over the contested communication portfolio.
The Ministry, headed by MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa, has control over parastatals such as Tel One, Net One, Transmedia and Zimpost. It is also in charge of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), which regulates the telecommunications sector. More worryingly for Zanu PF and President Mugabe, the Interception of Communications Act, a widely condemned piece of legislation crafted to ensure state security apparatus can spy on citizens, falls under the Ministry.

An anonymous source quoted by The Herald on Friday announced that President Mugabe had “decisively acted” on the matter, moving the communications sector from Chamisa’s ministry to Zanu PF stalwart Nicholas Goche’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.

There was no explanation why the sector was not moved to the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, which had previously claimed it.

Mugabe’s announcement, however, drew a sharp response from [continue reading]



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