Telecel Zimbabwe
Telecel Zimbabwe Image Source: herald.co.zw

The High Court of Zimbabwe on Thursday temporarily suspended the cancellation of an operating licence for the country’s second largest cellular phone company, Telecel Zimbabwe, pending the outcome of its appeal to Information and Communication Technology Minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Telecel Zimbabwe
Telecel Zimbabwe
Image Source: herald.co.zw

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) last week cancelled Telecel’s licence for breaching the country’s Postal and Telecommunications Act which requires majority shareholding in favor of locals as well as for failing to pay its renewal licence fee.
POTRAZ gave the company 30 days to wind operations but Telecel approached the High Court Tuesday this week seeking an interdict against POTRAZ’s order.
In his ruling Thursday, Justice Nicholas Mathonsi said: “It is apparent the first respondent (POTRAZ) acted overzealously to cancel the appellant’s licence without due regard to the rights of the stakeholders in the matter. First respondent ignored rights of the Appellant to appeal to the minister in terms of Section 96 of the Act. It infringed rights of those it is superintended to protect.”
The judge would hand down full reasons for his decisions on May 13.
Thursday’s judgment suspends the cancellation of Telecel licence and implementation of the POTRAZ decision.
Telecel has since appealed to Minister Mandiwanzira.
Telecel International owns 60 percent shareholding in Telecel Zimbabwe while 40 percent is owned by locals through the Empowerment Corporation.
This is not the first time that the company’s licence has been cancelled as it was cancelled in 2007 for similar reasons but it was allowed to continue operations after reaching an agreement with government.
Telecel Zimbabwe has more than two million subscribers. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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