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MISA appeals to Mnangagwa to decline signing Cyber Bill into law

7 Sep, 2021
"A strong cyber security and data protection framework is critical for the exercise and enjoyment of human rights, trade, increased investments and Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development."

MISA Zimbabwe has appealed to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to decline signing into law the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill following its passage in the House of Assembly and Senate saying the Bill still requires further scrutiny.

In his letter to President Mnangagwa, MISA Chairperson Golden Maunganidze said the Bill had been subjected to significant changes which varied from the gazetted Bill that was subjected to public hearings.

This comes after the Bill was recommitted in the Senate to address errors that had been noted for correction and amendments before it was passed for Presidential assent and signing into law.

Maunganidze said: “In light of the amendments that were effected, there is a need for an extensive review of the Bill with further input from the general public as well.

“A law that addresses issues relating to cyber security, data protection and data privacy, affects every citizen, hence the need for a multi-stakeholder approach in its framing.”

He said this development was of national significance and interest and deserved the President’s due attention and consideration.

“Your Excellency, a strong cyber security and data protection framework is critical for the exercise and enjoyment of human rights, trade, increased investments and Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development,” said Maunganidze.

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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