Econet Refutes ZEC’s Claims That It Sold Its Database To Zanu-PF After Voters’ Roll Details “Leak”

The country’s biggest mobile network operator Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has distanced itself from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s claims that it and other MNO’s may have sold their databases to political parties, in particular, Zanu-PF. This came after Zec commissioners where asked to explain how Zanu-PF was able to get the data to allow it to send targetted bulk messages to people asking them to vote for the party’s candidates in the July 30 harmonised elections.

 

 

The commissioners who were at the Monday media brief tried to distance themselves and offered a number of explanations, although all of the explanations were ultimately unsatisfactory because they did not explain how Zanu-PF knew people’s constituencies.

Zec commissioner Netsai Mushonga said that the political party had done the research on its own and reminded people that they leave their mobile numbers in a number of places including supermarkets. Commissioner Qhubani Moyo, on the other hand, said that mobile network operators have facilities where they sell their databases to third parties for bulk messaging.

Responding to questions on whether it had sold the database on social media, Econet said,

Econet holds customer and client data in the strictest of confidence, in line with the requirements of the law. It does not give or sell any customer data to third parties. The company only shares relevant customer information with regulatory authorities, such POTRAZ, in line with subscriber registration rules and its licensing requirement.

Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba later promised to investigate whether the data was leaked from Zec to and to take the necessary action if so,  after a reporter pointed out that the only organisation which had all the data in question was Zec.  The voters’ roll which was made available to the public does not contain phone numbers.

Satisfaction survey
How likely is it that you would recommend Pindula News to a friend or colleague?
SuggestionsHow can we improve?
You have already submitted your feedback. If you would like to add more feedback please write us on hello@pindula.com.

RSS Recent Pindula Profiles

Comments

Back to top

One Comment on “Econet Refutes ZEC’s Claims That It Sold Its Database To Zanu-PF After Voters’ Roll Details “Leak”

  1. COMRADE CHIWENGA I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU AND WILL GO ON FURTHER TO SAY AMERICA OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT SHOUKD NOT TELL US WHAT TO DO. YOU GUYS HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB FOR LIBERATING US FROM MUGABE’S SHACKLES. HAVING SAID THIS I FIND D IT DETESTABLE THAT AFTER SPARING MUGABE GRACE AND THE LIKES OF G40 THEY STILL SPONSOR CHAMISA SO THEY CAN COME BACK THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. NOW DISREGARD OF THE ELECTIONS OUTCOME IF CHAMISA IS LINKED TO MUGABE, HIS PSYCHOTIC WIFE AND G40 POWER SHOULD NEVER BE TRANSFERRED TO HIM. WE HAVE A HISTORY OF FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT HISTORY CANNOT BE WIPED OFF BY A DILUSIONAL DELINQUENT YOUNG CHAMISA. AS LONG AS YOU GUYS SAFEGUARD INVESTORS MONEY BUSINESS WILL GO ON AND OUR ECONOMY WILL grow and will THRIVE so no selling out guys operation Legacy must continue nationalize Mugabe’s Grace and the likes of rich fat cats that benefitted within G40 and put back the money into the economy. It will cripple their finances and STOP from adventures of bankrolling CHAMISA..it is legal international LAW to recover I’ll gotten riches and forfeit them to the state. SOLDIERS MUS SLEEP WITH SIR WEBBING STRAPPED ON AND BANDOLIERS FULL OF ARMO READY FOR BATTLE TO MAINTAIN PEACE AND ORDER ON THE EVE OF ELECTIONS RESULT DAY AND AFTER TONGAI VAKOMANA WE SUPPORT YOU CHAMISA MUGABE AND G40A WILL NOT RULE US AGAIN VAKADYA IZVOZVO

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.