HARARE – Government has directed mobile phone operator, Telecel Zimbabwe to stop operating, saying the company has no license and is also not complying with the country’s laws.

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The Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Supa Mandiwanzira said Telecel should stop operating after breaching two major principles.

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“The position is that Telecel should cease operations and that is the position that has been adopted by cabinet which instructed a committee chaired by Chris Mushowe, who is responsible for certain aspects of POTRAZ, who is the regulator,” said Mandiwanzira.

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The mobile operator has been operating without a licence since 2013 and information gathered shows that the regulating body, POTRAZ has been heavily compromised in the matter.

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POTRAZ is alleged to have allowed Telecel to operate through an agreement which is not provided for by the law.

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According to sources, POTRAZ entered into an agreement with Telecel to pay US$137 million licence fees over seven years.

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The initial payment of US$14 million was supposed to be made by August 2013 but Telecel breached it, forcing government to act accordingly.