ZANU PF Mutasa South MP Irene Zindi says Zimbabweans should support the move by government to spy on people’s mobile phones and internet communications saying that was the best way to combat terrorism.
Zindi was contributing to a debate on a motion by MDC-T Makokoba MP Gorden Moyo calling on parliamentarians to send a solidarity message to Kenya following the terrorist attacks that took place at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi. The attacks claimed 72 lives.
“The move that has been taken by government on bugging cellphones is welcome,” Zindi said.
“This is one way of being vigilant to avoid the attacks that happened in Kenya. Yes, I know there has been outrage that government was getting into people’s private lives. But, that is what is happening the world over. That is the right way to prevent terrorism.”
Meanwhile, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services deputy minister Supa Mandiwandzira told Parliament his ministry would meet the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation management to resolve the long-standing salary dispute with workers.
“We assure you that the ministry has taken note of the developments at the national broadcaster. The ministry will meet with the management at ZBC and establish the state of affairs. We will do everything possible to ensure that the management and workers at ZBC work in harmony,” Mandiwanzira said.
Also in the House yesterday, Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa said he had set a team to investigate the alleged corruption in the joint venture agreement between the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and a Ghanaian company in which former ZMDC board chairman Godwills Masimirembwa was alleged to have received a $6 million bribe.
“Unfortunately, I could not get much information,” Chidhakwa said while responding to a question by Zanu PF Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa on what his ministry was doing to probe the alleged corruption.
“The team has not managed to see the Ghanaian, who is the complainant in this matter. The Ministry of Mines and other relevant stakeholders are determined to deal with corruption.”