Yesterday, ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, met at his office with Phillip Chiyangwa, Jane Mutasa, POTRAZ acting DG Kennedy Dewera and others to discuss the recent announcement by the tech minister that Telecel’s licence had been cancelled. We managed to interview the minister after the meeting. In the interview he distanced himself from the shareholding squabbles that have afflicted the company for years and have been the major cause the company finds itself without a licence today.
The minister also says he is only interested in having the licence paid for by either Telecel or, having the licence offered to another company ready to pay for it. Asked if the government had made a decision on this, he said they were consulting and finding out how best to have the licence taken up. Of course it’s hard to believe that the there’s no intention by them to involve themselves in the shareholding squabbles. Why else would they act only after Phillip Chiyangwa mentioned a couple of weeks ago that he was seeking government intervention for him to buy out the other shareholders.
The minister also told us that he expects to meet Vimpelcom representatives later this week. It’s not clear yet how many of the EC shareholders, and those clawing their way back into shareholding, he has met or what has come out of the meetings.
Here’s the full audio interview: