Internet Shutdown

It is now confirmed that the Government of Zimbabwe ordered mobile network operators (MNOs) to shut down the internet and social media communication platforms, including WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook, which are widely used by Zimbabweans.

This is now public knowledge thanks to Econet, the biggest MNO, which issued a statement to the effect that in carrying out the internet and social media shutdown, it had merely complied with the law after the government issued a “written warrant” in terms of section 6 of the Interception of Communications Act (hereafter, “the Act”).