GWERU: Government is working on national Information, Communication Technology and E-learning strategy that will allow for easier tracking of criminals and traffic offenders using ICT gadgets, CommuTalk has learnt.
Information Communicatio Technology Minister, Jefan Muswere confirmed the development during the commissioning of 22 computer labs for various schools in Bulawayo last week.
He said the move was meant to improve cyber security by empowering Zimbabweans with digital technology.
“As we journey towards the vision 2030, the President has given our ministry a mandate to ensure that we build a digitally astute society. We are working on an inclusive digital empowerment programme so that we improve on cyber security.
“We are developing a safe society project which will see the utilization of ICTs to apprehend criminals and traffic offenders,” he said.
Minister Muswere said a digital economy meant learners are exposed to ICT gadgets.
This, he said will bridge the technology gap with statistics showing that over 29 billion people worldwide are offline.
Minister Muswere said the digital technology drive was aimed at making sure that every school has a computer lab by 2030.
“Today we are commissioning 22 computer labs in 22 primary schools in Bulawayo Metro. We also recently commissioned computer labs in Masvingo rural in line with our President’s vision that no one should be left behind,” he said.
Meanwhile, the development comes at a time Zimbabwe is experiencing a spike in crime involving robberies and drug abuse.