Comments in the articles related to this development raised concerns about how this will affect development. One reader called Chris Mberi said,
This will retard development. Our pockets are already strained and now we have to cut communication too. Many Zimbabweans have just been pushed out of the digital age. I thought Telcos would survive through increased volumes not by extortionist pricing per Meg.
Others like a reader only signed in as Moyo said,
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Then there was a number of people who have called this a political tactic. A Techzim reader going by the name Kanyika Kanovava said,
You are all turning a blind eye on the fact of exactly whats happening, this is a Political Move by our Gvt to ensure that they control Social Media. You have been sendign too many videos and whats apps etc to your relatives and our Gvt found the perfect way of managing that,
Professor Jonathan Moyo, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education also shared his own thought on this,
Use of over pricing, instead of technology, to curb Internet access or manage social media is primitive elitism & promotes underdevelopment! https://t.co/nKf2GrRGW4— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 11, 2017
On social media, specifically, Twitter and Facebook, as well as various WhatsApp groups, there was a fair share of criticism for the price increase with people expressing shock and questioning the idea behind the increase in a tough economy.
@HMviringi @matigary @263Chat @deltandou @Potraz_zw @Techzim @Wamagaisa I'm shocked quite honestly. Minister of Finance in 2017 Budget Statement explicitly said no price increases that would be led by parastatals— Nigel MK Chanakira (@nigelchanakira) January 11, 2017