Using his Facebook page, the founder and chairman of the Econet Wireless group, Strive Masiyiwa, said that his companies complied with the internet blockade order because it was “a written directive issued in terms of the law”.
His companies, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Liquid Telecom, and ZOL have been criticised on social media for complying with the internet blockade order.
Said Masiyiwa on 15 January, the day the blockade started:
#Message to our Zimbabwean, DRC, and Sudan
members of the platform:
This morning I was informed that the authorities in Zimbabwe have directed that all Internet services be shut down.
As it was a written directive issued in terms of the law,
non-compliance would result in immediate imprisonment of management on the ground.
Last week we were issued with a similar order in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC].
We complied as directed.
Whenever such directives are issued, management call in the legal teams, and review them in terms of the law.
#I’m fasting and praying for Zimbabwe, DRC, and Sudan today…
We have staff in all these countries, and we love our customers.
Please, please, stay safe.