By Staff Reporter/TellZim
ZIMBABWE Media Commission (ZMC) CEO, Tafataona Mahoso (pictured) has made astounding denials he and ex-Information Minister Jonathan Moyo were involved in the crafting of the controversial Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
The Zanu PF aligned academic also took a potshot at President Robert Mugabe for creating the cyber security ministry he said would not halt the spread of information through social media.
Mahoso delivering a lecture on cyber security to media students at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU)’s Simon Muzenda School of Culture and Heritage Studies recently.
“People are saying I and Professor Jonathan Moyo masterminded AIPPA. The answer is we didn’t,” said Mahoso, widely described in the media fraternity as a media hangman for his ruthless stance while dealing with the private press.
“AIIPA was not even put in place by President Mugabe. It is a law which was put in place by the government for security reasons and it is there for the good of the country.
“Many people are saying it’s a bad law, it’s a draconian law, and it’s there to suppress media freedom and do many more bad things. People have to read it (AIPPA) better to understand it.”
Mahoso was however quick to defend the widely condemned piece of legislation.
His comments also contracted those of Moyo, now Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, who once wrote in a CV ahead of a 2005 parliamentary elections candidate selection process by Zanu PF he authored the law.
In his address, Mahoso was bold enough to dismiss the controversial Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation which was created by President Mugabe and given to Patrick Chinamasa during a recent cabinet reshuffle.
Zimbabweans feel the ministry was created to deal with social media which they feel was a desperate attempt by their leader to deal with the innovation which has allowed citizens access to fast sources of information long denied to them under the Zanu PF regime.
Mahoso said it defied logic to try and control something which was already out of hand.
He said what was needed instead was to properly educate the young generation on the dangers of abusing social media rather than try to muzzle the platform altogether.
“Munhu akavhara danga mombe dzapaza tingati anepfungwa here? (Is there any sense in one shutting the gate of a cattle kraal when they have forced themselves out already) That is the same as trying to regulate social media when it is already out of hand. What is needed is for the institutions to impart the rightful education to the students,” Mahoso said.