Mobile Phone, Internet Use Increasing

This was revealed by Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Nelson Chamisa while briefing journalists on Monday afternoon during which he also hinted the possible slash on the high tariffs being charged by local mobile phone service providers.

“Our penetration levels are very good. We are standing at about 72 percent mobile, said Chamisa, adding that his ministry was targeting a hundred percent penetration rate. In terms of internet, we are at about 22 percent which is a conservative figure but we are actually going beyond that.”

Chamisa said government was targeting at supplying all the country’s schools with not less than 80 computers per school plus internet access as part of expanding internet access among citizens.

This he said would also be extended to police stations, hospitals, clinics and other institutions that are still lagging behind in terms of internet use.

The ICT Minister further dismissed claims by some Zanu (PF) sympathisers who accuse MDC-T ministers in government of accelerating access to the internet among Zimbabweans as a way of creating a conducive climate for the Arab style revolution which climaxed as a result of internet communication among citizens.

“An uprising does not exist on the internet. An uprising exists in the people out of their own objective and subjective condition,” said Chamisa while responding to questions from journalists.

“People have a right from time to time to do whatever they want. You don’t need to look at ICTs as an opponent. A lot of people look at ICTs as a weapon. ICTS are tools of business. They are not weapons against government.”

Zanu (PF) sympathisers, led by Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chairman Tafataona Mahoso and Tsholotsho North legislator Jonathan Moyo, have accused Finance Minister Tendai Biti of pursuing an ulterior motive by scrapping duty on all ICT products.