Govt reaches out to Strive Masiyiwa

HARARE - The times they are a changing.

The Zimbabwe government has finally reached out to its richest and most generous citizen, Strive Masiyiwa, who lives in London, in exile, and is named as a billionaire by Forbes magazine but was seen by former president Robert Mugabe as an enemy.

Masiyiwa previously financed the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), started an opposition newspaper, created a massive mobile phone network, Econet, and lately provides most of Zimbabwe’s cash transactions and a television network company which is challenging MultiChoice.

Masiyiwa’s massive business conglomerate was ignored by Mugabe’s administration since it began more then 30 years ago. Masiyiwa was seen almost as an enemy of the State. But times they really are a changing: Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, a retired general, visited the Econet display stand at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair last week.

Masiyiwa responded warmly, tenderly, on his Facebook site “You cannot imagine how appreciative we were of the gesture as even though we are the largest employer of our fellow citizens, it is the first time we have been publicly accepted by our own government.”

Few know the massive contribution Masiyiwa has made to the disadvantaged in Zimbabwe and he has educated thousands of Zimbabweans since he fought battles in court to establish his Econet mobile network 30 years ago.

Among the political leaders at that time, only opposition leader the late Joshua Nkomo backed him.

Zanu PF supporters believed they should not subscribe to Econet and supported the State’s mobile net work, TelOne. But Econet is by far the most sophisticated, if not the more expensive operator.

Via Econet, Masiyiwa and his associates launched Kwese, a network like MultiChoice, which is attracting many customers from the South African provider.

Econet officials handed Chiwenga a Kwese decoder when he visited the company site at the fair in Bulawayo.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, which has now cancelled indigenisation legislation except for platinun and diamonds and that would be open to negotiation, says Zimbabwe is “open for business.”

But the country faces massive cash shortages inside the country and has a chronic shortage of foreign currency for importation of goods.

Comments (4)

So the gvmnt reached out to Econet just by the VP visiting their stand..?

Colls - 3 May 2018

They be positive and patriotic for a change, Am sorry your paper exudes trash about your own country....... shame immigrate

Masiziva - 3 May 2018

If Zimbabwe can have 10 businessmen like Strive Masiyiwa, then you don't need monthly trips to China and Europe to beg for investment. This is common sense. But if you deal with Wicknell Rubbish Chivayo, then you get rubbish

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