Information minister Christopher Mushohwe has threatened to deal with social media users angling for regime change in the country, saying the government cannot continue to fold its arms while citizens recklessly violate the Constitution.
BY EVERSON MUSHAVA
Addressing the media in Harare yesterday, Mushohwe challenged developed countries that he accused of sponsoring anarchy in Zimbabwe, to mind their own affairs and be true to their public utterances against terrorism.
“Government is aware of a number of Zimbabweans, among them Victor Dube, Jeff Judah Hosanna and Tapiwa Marimbire, who have been riding on social media platforms to insert and circulate messages of terror against the State and the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Government has made it abundantly clear it is closely watching the activities of these subversive elements, who in the majority of cases are fronted by political parties and movements operating both inside and outside the country.”
Mushohwe said the government was aware of the activities of some people in the Diaspora, who thought because they lived outside Zimbabwe, were immune and could spread fear with impunity, threatening that the long arm of the law would catch up with them.
He accused some Zimbabweans, singling out #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire, saying the government was aware of their links with the intelligence services of hostile countries to destabilise Zimbabwe.
“Let those countries that have always pretended to fight terrorism now explain to us how they are aiding and abetting these terrorists squatting in cyberspace with their self-proclaimed public stances,” Mushohwe continued.
“Zimbabwe does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country. By the same token, it brooks no such
interference in its own internal affairs by any country, however mighty that intruder may think of itself.” He added good inter-State relations required collaboration in the fight against terrorism.
He warned journalists against malicious coverage of President Robert Mugabe and members of the First Family.
Mushohwe also poured scorn on the recently proposed coalition of political parties to fight Mugabe in the 2018 general elections, saying their coming-together was an admission that the parties were weak and had failed a test against Mugabe, saying they would still lose to Zanu PF come 2018.