Telecel’s stormy journey

The cancellation of Telecel Zimbabwe’s licence by the telecommunication regulator smacks of hypocrisy and exposes Zanu (PF)’s double standards when dealing with perceived political enemies, says political commentator Alex Magaisa.

Those in the know claim that the decision by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to cancel Telecel’s licence — without giving any reasons — was a direct result of the demotion of former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who was the Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications when Telecel got its licence. Her late husband, Solomon, was a close business associate of its chairman, James Makamba.

Magaisa said following Mujuru’s ouster, it was now time for some hawks in the ruling party to make cash by allowing another new player into the telecommunications industry. “And through all this, some big boys will be eating. Some big people may have been eating through Telecel.

Now they are being elbowed out and some more big people are sensing their opportunity. It’s their turn to eat. If you ask them, they will tell you it’s the law. It is the law, alright. But it is more than that,” he said.

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