News:Government Intensifies Efforts To Deal With Social Media Abuse As Mawarire Is Charged For Responding To Moyo's Tweet On Mujuru

<vote /> Zimbabwe People First national spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire who handed himself for questioning at the Harare Central Police Station has been charged with contravening section 88(b) of the Postal And Telecommunications Act for a tweet he made in response to Jonathan Moyo's attacks on People First leader Joice Mujuru.

Mawarire informed the public through tweets that he had been summoned by the police for questioning yesterday. He handed himself in for questioning today in the company of his lawyers at 10 am. Mawarire waited for at least 45 minutes before he was attended to as the investigating officer refused to tell his lawyer the charges. Mawarire was released after being charged with contravening section 88(b) of the Postal And Telecommunications Act.

Section 88 (b) of the Postal And Telecommunications Act states that,

Any person who- sends by telephone any message that he knows to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person; shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

Following the July 6 stay away, POTRAZ issued a press statement warning the Zimbabwean public over what it classified as "irresponsible" use of social media. (read more on the press release here)

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