Government has dismissed, as speculation reports, that mobile network company, Econet will shut down its operations following the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) decision to ban Ecocash cash-in and cash-out transactions.

Despite Econet having approached the courts to contest the central bank decision to ban Ecocash cash-in and cash-out transactions, the Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier services, Cde Kazembe Kazembe told journalists at the national cyber security awareness month press briefing that word doing rounds that the mobile telecommunication firm will shut down its services is mere speculation.

“As government, we haven’t heard of any such development. If Econet threatens to shut down or want to shut they have to let us as the parent ministry know. So, as I speak, nothing have come from them all we hear is speculation,” he said.

Minister Kazembe said his ministry will be hosting the national cyber security awareness month whose main objective is to promote online security and safety.

“The cyber security awareness campaign to be held under the theme safe surfing from 01-31 October 2019, provides the perfect opportunity to promote cyber security awareness and safety tips, ultimately changing behaviours to protect against the ever growing cyber threats,” he added.

The cyber campaign month comes at time when the ministry has completed the Cyber Security Draft Bill which will be tabled in cabinet soon.

During the national cyber security awareness month, the Ministry of ICT, Postal, and Courier Services will team up with stakeholders in conducting national cyber security public awareness, education, training and workforce development to protect and respond to cyber threats and hazards.