Zanu PF Mashonaland West province has summoned all its whatsapp group admins to their provincial offices to register them in a bid to control and monitor their whatsapp platforms after accusations of rampant and gross abuse “kurakasha” (attacking) of party members by other members.
Judging from their response Zanu PF seems troubled by the use of social media by people in this century.
In a letter sent out to all Mashonaland West province by the provincial youth chairman Vengai Musengi read “We have noted with great concern the rampant and gross social media abuse in Mashonaland West ZANU PF structures where party members are disrespecting and vilifying leaders through politics of patronage.”
The statement sent out a strong warming to members of the party who will be found committing such offences. “Disciplinary measures will be taken against those found on the wrong side of the law” the letter read.
With the dominance and power social media continues to wield on people’s daily lives, and the freedom of information and speech it remains to be seen how they are going to control social media in a free speech and globalised media.
The government has, however, come up with the cybercrime and cybersecurity bill as an attempt to regulate monitor and curb social media use and abuse. The Chinese administration, have also spent large amounts of money and equipment in trying to control the flow of information on the internet.
The letter dated 5 March and signed by the provincial youth league secretary V. Musengi reads as follows:
ATTENTION: ZANU PF MASH WEST SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ADMINS
1. We have noted with concern the rampant and gross social media abuse in Mashonaland West ZANU PF structures where party members are disrespecting and vilifying leaders through the politics of patronage.
2. Disciplinary measures will be taken against those found on the wrong side of the law.
3. Thus, we are inviting all groups admins for a meeting on Saturday (09/03/10) at the ZANU PF Provincial Office, where registration and other processes will take place.