High Court Stops Police From Executing A Search & Seizure Warrant At Econet

The High Court on Friday granted an order in favour of MISA Zimbabwe interdicting Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and other cited respondents from implementing a police warrant seeking information on the mobile phone operator’s transactions.

High Court judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi granted the provisional order in Harare on 24 July 2020 in favour of the applicants, MISA Zimbabwe, first applicant, and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), second applicant.

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In a statement following the ruling, MISA Zimbabwe said:

Justice Chitapi granted the provisional order by consent in terms of which:

  • The respondents and all other persons acting through them are interdicted from implementing the directives of the Warrant of Search and Seizure (Ref WSS 3913/20).
  • Econet Wireless shall strictly maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the information that is in its custody relating to MISA Zimbabwe and ZimRights, the organisations’ members, and the organisations’ employees.

For the avoidance of doubt, Econet Wireless shall not divulge to any of the co-respondents (i.e 1st to 5th respondents):

  • Any details regarding MISA Zimbabwe and ZimRights, or these organisations’ members, or the organisations’ employees, as listed in the Warrant, or

  • Any transactional data regarding transactions carried out between Econet Wireless and MISA Zimbabwe and ZimRights, the organisations’ members, and the organisations’ employees, for the period specified in the warrant.

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