Mugabe speaks on Chinamasa ministry

…Bonyongwe says thank you

President Robert Mugabe says the new ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation given to former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was a key ministry meant to protect the country from cyber bullies and mischief makers on social media.

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Chinamasa was reassigned from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to become the Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation, a portfolio that inspired a butt of jokes from different quarters.

President Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba


But President Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba said contrary to the belief that Chinamasa had been demoted, the President was clear on the new mandate saying his was a “protective ministry” to trap those who use social media to create panic in the country.

“It is a key ministry and is what the President calls a protective ministry. In his own words it is our trap to catch those doing mischief using cyber space. He was clear that the area needed law development hence his choice of someone with legal competence,” Charamba said.

“He (President Mugabe) needs the minister to draw from other countries like Russia and China he mentioned as doing well in maintaining order and lawfulness in that area.”

Charamba added: “Bearing in mind, using his own words as well, it’s called a protective ministry to protect the interests of the nation. This coming against the background of abuse not so long ago when social media was abused to cause some kind  of excitement in the country, not on the basis of fact but on the basis of generation of copy calculated to trigger a sense of panic in the economy. That suggests it is indeed a threat for state security. The message is those pushing that mischief, beware, there is this new ministry put in place to deal with you.

“It is you in your newsrooms who are giving an impression that this ministry has no meaning.”

President Mugabe dropped three ministers and reassigned 10 others in his latest Cabinet reshuffle.

Meanwhile, speaking after the swearing in ceremony at State House on Tuesday, the new Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Happyton Bonyongwe thanked President Mugabe for his new appointment saying he will discharge the duties to the best of his ability. “l take this as a redeployment and l hope l will work to improve the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ministry.”

Newly appointed Minister of Tourism Edgar Mbwembwe, Minister of Youth, Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mashonaland West Webster Shamu, Minister of State for Matebeleland North province Thokozile Mathuthu and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Masvingo Paul Chimedza were also sworn in by President Mugabe.

Vice Presidents Emerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were also in attendance.