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The impact of the politics that dog Telecel Zimbabwe

   

In January this year, we wrote an article titled “Politics and technology: the goings on at Telecel”. Here’s a small extract from the article:

Normally we like to keep clear of non-technology issues. It allows to focus and write about the things we know best. People at Telecel (or just people with interests in Telecel) however keep spending generous amounts of time generating news on the other side of the line. And it clearly affects the technology side of things at Telecel.

Embroiled in allegations of racism, reps with sticky fingers, under-qualified expats, unprocedural tenders, disgruntled local employees and indigenization squabbles, Telecel’s technology suffers. The business suffers. The consumers are left to the mercy of a near monopoly.

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Despite the fact that a healthy Telecel is a win-win for stakeholders, somehow the stakeholders just keep feeding the flames.

You can imagine therefore how we feel as we read current reports that the “Telecel managing director has been failing to renew his work permit”.

The results of all this are clear for everyone to see:


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