Zimbabwe troops ready to deal with cyberwarfare

Army commander Philip Sibanda says information & communication technology are weapons of war.

"This file photo taken on 19 May 2016 shows Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, wrapped in the Zimbabwean national flag, recording an installment of his #ThisFlag video series. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's army commander says his troops are ready to deal with what he calls malcontents using electronic gadgets, in what appears to be a reference to the 'This Flag' movement.

Commander Philip Sibanda says information and communication technology are the new weapons of war.

These comments are almost certainly directed at people like pastor Evan Mawarire and the supporters of the This Flag movement.

The army commander told the state-run Herald that cyber warfare was being used to mobilise people to do the wrong things.

He said officers were being trained to deal with the new threat.

As economic conditions worsen, Zimbabweans are using social media to organise support for protests against corruption, poverty and, earlier this week, the new bond note currency.

But the government says the This Flag movement is a western-backed plot.