1/24 It’s trite that the process to renew a mobile fone operator’s license must be as prescribed by law. It can’t be an open process subject to negotiation between the operator & the regulator as happened with #Econet & #ZanuPF when the latter needed 2013 election funds for #ZEC!
2/24 Before detailing how & why the renewal of #Econet’s license in 2013 was unorthodox & illegal, as it was specifically tied to the mobilisation of funds to run the 2013 elections, I need to first tell #StriveMasiyiwa & his running dogs such as #TawandaNyambirai to go to hell!
3/24 #StriveMasiyiwa INITIATED this debate when he made false & defamatory allegations on his FACEBOOK page that I “ORGANIZED FARM INVASIONS, THEFT OF ELECTIONS & VIOLENCE AGAINST THE OPPOSITION”. I responded by disclosing his role through #Econet in rigged polls in 2008 & 2013!
4/24 As advised by my lawyers, I could have responded by suing #Masiyiwa in Britain, a right I have reserved, but in the interest of truth-telling I used my @Twitter TL to disclose what I know about his dirty deals with #ZanuPF as he faked to be 100% with the #MDC in 2008 & 2013!
5/24 #StriveMasiyiwa’s use of #ZanuPF’s #Varakashi to peddle litigation threats after he INITIATED the debate with false & defamatory allegations against me on his FACEBOOK page confirms he’s working with #ZanuPF & is a coward & a cyberbully who starts debates he cannot finish!
6/24 Only a bond note billionaire like #Masiyiwa has time to START cyber brawls to defame users of his company products. Imagine billionaires like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg doing that. If #Masiyiwa & his running dogs want a rumble in the dungeon, they’ll get it to pound for pound!
7/24 Now to #Masiyiwa’s #ZanuPF dirty deal to fund the organisation & conduct of the 2013 elections by #ZEC. In February 2013 as I was researching & drafting the #ZanuPF 2013 election manifesto, Patrick Chinamasa engaged me on a need for a select group to solve election problems!
8/24 Chinamasa told me that there had been a core group in 2008 to deal with the runoff; which included Mnangagwa, Chiwenga, Chihuri, Bonyongwe, Charamba, Gono, himself & others he did not name. He said this group formalised dollarisation & introduced multicurrency in Jan 2009!
9/24 Chinamasa said he had sought & obtained approval from President Mugabe to revive the 2008 group to prepare for the 2013 poll. He asked for new names to add to the 2013 group, besides mine. I suggested Rtd Brig General Tapfumaneyi from #ZanuPF HQ & Kizito Gweshe from the CIO.
10/24 The full 2013 poll group had: Emmerson Mnangagwa (who chaired it), Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Patrick Chinamasa (deputy chair), Nicholas Goche, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, Augustine Chihuri, Happyton Bonyongwe, Walter Tapfumaneyi, Kizito Gweshe, George Charamba & Jonathan Moyo!
11/24 The group’s overarching agenda was to:
1. Contain #Sadc mediation, so it does not derail 2013 elections.
2. Ensure that Parliament is dissolved by 29 June 2013 & elections are held soon thereafter.
3. Get #Econet & diamond companies to fund elections to avoid UN funding!
12/24 Besides the three-pronged agenda, there were other daily issues that cropped up. One was a report that lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa had blocked a police raid on Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s Bath Rd offices in Belgravia. The group decided to have Mtetwa deported but this failed!
13/24 A double-edged strategy was adopted to end #Sadc mediation & ensure the election is held soon after the dissolution of Parliament on 29 June 2013: take the disputed election date to the Supreme Court & out of the hands of #Sadc who wanted GPA parties to negotiate the date!
14/24 By the time #Sadc held its Maputo Summit on 15 June 2013, the Supreme Court had ordered President Mugabe to issue a proclamation to hold elections by 31 July 2013 in the famous @mawarirej judgment. A poll date had been set. #Sadc could not interfere with a court decision!
15/24 Buoyed by its Supreme Court strategy to end #Sadc mediation & to set a date for the 2013 election outside GPA negotiations, the group got Prof Lovemore Madhuku to fly with President Mugabe to Maputo for the 15 June 2013 #Sadc Summit to explain the Supreme Court decision!
16/24 Linked to the Supreme Court strategy to end #Sadc mediation & to set 31 July 2013 as the election date, was the need to mobilise funds for #ZEC to organize & conduct the election. Since Treasury had said there was no money for elections, the UN had stepped in with an offer!
17/24 The group had problems with the UN offer to fund #ZEC for the 2013 elections. The UN offer came with a litany of conditions: insisting on an advance team to assess the situation on the ground; on the management of the elections, and on election observers. Tough conditions!
18/24 The group rejected the UN offer because of its politically tough conditions. This drove the group to find alternative sources of funding. Two were identified: negotiating with diamond companies in Chiadzwa & negotiating with #Econet, whose license was expiring July 2013!
19/24 The negotiations with #Mbada, #Anjin & #MarangeDiamonds were straightforward but by then the murmurs were that alluvials had run out. Also, these diamond companies & the Army were busy importing #ZanuPF election regalia. It’s the negotiations with #Econet which got tough!
20/24 There have been comparisons between #Econet in 2013 & ANZ, publishers of #Masiyiwa’s Nyarota edited #DailyNews in 2003. The two are very different. In 2003 #ANZ refused to register & approached the Supreme Court for condonation but failed. In 2013 #Econet NEGOTIATED a DEAL!
21/24 The illegality & rot over the #Econet situation in 2013 starts with the fact that its license renewal did not follow a transparent process as prescribed by law. Instead, it followed an open-ended “scratch-my-back-and-I-scatch-your-back” process between #ZanuPF & #Masiyiwa!
22/24 #ZanuPF knew that #Econet’s 15-year licence issued in July 1998 was due to expire in July 2013. #ZanuPF WANTED A DEAL for #Econet to pay $180m for a renewed license for a new 15 year period; which previously was $100m. The extra $80m would then underwrite the 2013 election!
23/24 #Masiyiwa knew #ZanuPF was vulnerable & desperate to fund the 2013 poll & avoid the @UN. #Econet played tough: reduce $180m fee to $137,5m for 20 & not 15 years; deduct $60m interconnection fees owed to #Econet by #NetOne & #TelOne; #Econet to pay $77,5m over six months!
24/24 #ZanuPF got the money to stop @UN funds for #ZEC to run the 2013 poll with no UN conditions & no UN observers. #Masiyiwa got #Econet’s license renewed for a song. #Taxpayers paid $60m of the #Econet license by assuming #NetOne & #TelOne debts to #Econet. It was a MEGA DEAL!
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Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa
Tawanda Nyambirai is a celebrated Zimbabwean born businessman-cum-lawyer who rose to fame through his renowned TN Holdings Limited business empire and other strategic partnerships. His fame was further catapulted by his business alliance with the giant international telecoms operator Econet Wireless Group. Read More About Tawanda Nyambirai