#MondayBlues: Makamba, Mandiwanzira On Warpath

Businessman who recently returned from exile, Dr James Makamba is allegedly at loggerheads with Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Minister Hon Supa Mandiwanzira where the former is accusing Mandiwanzira for running an evil cartel in the telecoms sector.

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According to reports, Makamba says Mandiwanzira is appointing his high school cronies and goons to influential positions in the ICT sector.

However sources allege that there is an organized smear campaign to destabilize Supa with information similar to what Kangai alleged, that Supa is running a telecoms cartel, promoting his cronies to influential telecoms position.

The bad blood is believed to have emanated over control of the Telecel assets as both parties continue to frustrate each other after government through Supa bought 60% of Telecel stake From Vimplecom, while perusing a 100% takeover, Makamba has resisted the takeover throwing spammers in government’s way.

However, contacted for comment, Dr Makamba, through his son-cum-spokesperson Zororo Makamba, he said he cannot comment on the issue.

Dr Makamba returned to Zimbabwe in December 2017, after spending 12 years in exile, saying his return to Zimbabwe was his way of  answering President Mnangagwa’s call “to come home, work with other in rebuilding our economy because Zimbabwe is going to be great once again.”

He reported to work at Telecel Headquarters two day after his return, meeting with Telecel Zimbabwe Shareholders, half of the Board of Directors and Senior Management on the very same day.

The government’s purchase of 60% Telecel stake was heavily criticised by Mabvuku South Legislator Hon James Maridadi who questioned the minister’s use of the funds in the Universal Services Funds (USF) in acquiring majority stake in Telecel, saying the money could have been used elsewhere.

Minister Mandiwanzira had announced that it was the intention of the government to sell off its stake in Telecel, with many suitors reportedly interested. But Finance and Economic Development Minister Hon Patrick Chinamasa announced that Telecel Zimbabwe, among other government owned enterprises will have to be partially privatised, under a parastatal reform plan.

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