Four Nabbed Over Social Media Abuse

Four people have been arrested over peddling falsehoods and spreading hate messages on various social media sites the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) commander for 2018 harmonised elections Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza, has revealed.

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Commissioner Makodza said since the election dates were proclaimed, the four had abused social media through publishing falsehoods and hate speech but the police were also investigating other cases of interest.

Said Senior Assistant Commissioner Makodza while speaking to a local publication:

“We are already making investigations on certain cases that have been reported to us. We need more resources to equip the police so as to function efficiently. So far, four people have been arrested for hate speech and falsehoods since the election season began.”

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acting chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana also said:

“The Commission has on a few occasions been asked to respond to such news, we warn perpetrators of fake news to desist from such conduct as it is not only criminal, it is also an abuse of social media…

The Commission has begun to roll out a nationwide voter education campaign where the public will be sensitised on these and other issues and possible consequences thereof.”

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