By Phil Tejane|
The High Court ruled Thursday that Telecel Zimbabwe’s application for regulator Potraz to restore its operating licence was urgent.
Granting the order for Telecel’s petition to be heard on an urgent basis, judge Nicholas Mathonsi accused Potraz, administered by ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira of being “overzealous” by prematurely cancelling Telecel’s licence.
Telecel wants an interdict against implementation of Potraz’s licence cancellation order.
Potraz cancelled Telecel’s licence last week as Mandiwanzira moved to dismantle Zimbabwe’s third largest mobile phone operator to settle scores between president Robert Mugabe and his political rival and former deputy Joice Mujuru. Mujuru is considered a ‘silent shareholder’ in Telecel Zim, whose board is chaired by her late husband General Solomon Mujuru’s exiled nephew and business partner, James Makamba.
Mandiwanzira this week allegedly ordered Telecel’s major shareholder VimpelCom to sell a majority stake to his friend Shingi Mutasa of Masawara Holdings.
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