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10 Sep 2021

Mary Taruvinga, New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Activist's lawsuit claims new regulations allow mass surveillance and breach privacy & limit civic freedoms

"Monica Mutsvangwa Sued For Spying On Citizens"

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has been dragged to court for enacting a Statutory Instrument (SI), which permits monitoring, recording, and storing of communications data between persons where at least one of the communicators is using a Zimbabwe number. Mutsvangwa is jointly sued with the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

The complainant is Alice Kuvheya, a pro-democracy activist who feels the regulation published and gazetted by the respondents under SI 95 of 2021  on April 9 this year is unlawful. She accused the government of spying on its citizens and invading privacy and is seeking a review of the SI...

Kuvheya added it was not legal, therefore, that the respondents exercised powers which they were not given by the Act. “In the course of my human rights work, I advocate for promotion and protection of economic, social, and cultural rights. This brings me in close interaction with members of the media as I am interested in pursuing the protection of human rights including shelter, water, education, freedom of association, and assembly,” she said