MISA-Zimbabwe assessed eight institutions which also included the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ), National Aids Council (NAC), Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC)and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).
Of the eight institutions, ZIMSEC did not have an accessible website, a situation that is very disturbing given the importance of its mandate. Of the seven institutions with websites, only two of these had up-to-date information. Five had very little or completely outdated information. Only two institutions, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and NSSA responded to written questions submitted by MISA-Zimbabwe. The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) emerged as the most open and transparent.
However, ZIMSEC was the most secretive of these institutions as it does not have a website. Yet it is tasked with the vital national responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Zimbabwe’s education system. The report stated that it was inexcusable for such an institution to have no website as its operations were of serious national/public interest.
About the ZTA, MISA-Zimbabwe’s report stated:
“The website does not have updated information. There is no information about description of its powers as well as data on the organisational structure…”.
Analysts say lack of information about Zimbabwe would militate against the country. Zimbabwe intends to co-host the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisations General Assembly with Zambia.