Chamisa vows to open up the Communication sector

HARARE – The new Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Minister of Information Communication Technology, Nelson Chamisa has promised to open up the communications sector to allow more players in the industry.\r\n

Chamisa who was officially launching Afritell, a new telecommunications product by Africom, an Information and Technology company, said "I understand that for a long time there has been a hindrance for private players in the telecommunications industry to be issued licenses and I want to ensure you that more prospective telecommunications players are going to be given licenses to start operations for the expansion of the industry."
 

 

In 1996, Econet Wireless, a cellular phone company, was only given an operating license after a long court battle and the intervention of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo.

Meanwhile in another development, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH) has failed to raise enough foreign currency from advertisers to pay its workers this month.

Advertisers are said to have withdrawnw due to poor programming, although the company blames its marketing department for not doing much to woo potential advertising.

A senior radio news producer who declined to be named told Radio VOP that ZBH Chief Executive Happison Muchechetere said: "…the company is not able to give us salaries in hard currency because it has failed to generate foreign currency, and therefore we are going to receive a few allowances and Zimbabwe Dollars as our salaries”.

The salary issue was discussed just before ZBH staff had a meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Information, Media and Publicity Webster Shamu, who visited the broadcaster on a familiarisation tour.

Radio VOP last week learnt that the broadcasting station’s Montrose studios in Bulawayo was requesting donations in kind such as fuel coupons and toilet papers in exchange for advertising air time from companies.