From treasury czar to policing social media


The social media battlefront is proving harder to suppress and is stretching the government’s standard response of teargas, boots and batons.

Chinamasa is now expected to lead government response, likely through the new Cyber Crimes Bill that criminalises false information posted on the internet and online activity against the government.

In an interview with Capitalk Radio recently, Chinamasa admitted he was not into social media. He will need to learn it fast.

It is unclear how he will deal with the obvious overlap into Supa Mandiwanzira’s ICT Ministry, which up to now has been driving the Cyber Crimes Bill. It is a conflict waiting to happen.

Chinamasa is, by most accounts, a loyal, diligent man with a thick skin.

Such traits will serve him well in his new posting.

Given his stated dislike of social media, it may yet prove to be his calling. – The Source


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