Government reverses data tariff increases

In the last few minutes, I have conversed with the Potraz Chairman and with the kind permission of the Acting Minister of ICT, Postal & Courier Services, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, I have directed an immediate suspension of the tariff increases that were effected two days ago, to the dismay of many mobile phone users.

Statement by the Minister of ICT, Postal & Courier Services

I have been told that the new prices were actually proposed by the mobile operators to the regulator. While it is conceivable that the price of data may go up, the margin by which the prices have gone up is shockingly high and can only reflect insensitivity to fellow Zimbabweans and gluttonous corporate greed.

Internet is now a key driver of economic growth – innovation, entrepreneurship and government service delivery. Internet access is at the centre of all development. It therefore follows that it must be accessible – physically and financially. I share and sympathise with concerns expressed by a multitude of Zimbabwean internet users that the recently effected data prices are unparalleled and extortionist.
Unreasonable data prices, especially in a high literacy country like ours, undermine our huge investments in human capital, broadband infrastructure and the ability to attract investment.

My Ministry’s Innovation Fund initiative, which has raised more than $6 million to date, is premised on affordable broadband and growth opportunities in on-line enterprises in Zimbabwe and beyond.

On the occasion of the official opening of the Chikato Community Information Centre in Masvingo last month, our President, His Excellency Cde Robert Mugabe, spoke passionately about his desire to bring marginalized communities, especially in rural areas, onto the information superhighway. This in itself, is instructive that broadband access must be affordable.

Given the astronomical rates that have been charged over the last two days, it may be necessary and morally correct to get the concerned mobile networks to refund their subscribers. This shall be on the agenda when I undertake a comprehensive review of the developments of the last two days on the first day of my return from leave on January the 30th.

Let me take this opportunity to wish all Zimbabweans, a happy and stress-free new year.

Issued by: Hon Supa Collins Mandiwanzira, MP
Minister of ICT, Postal & Courier Services

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  1. What kind of game is this. If Supa is on leave and Mupfumira is the acting minister she is the one who must issue this kind of statement.
    How can the sitting minister “consult or seek permission” from the acting minister. What a circus

  2. “A happy and stress free year” – Right!!!

  3. “A happy and stress free year” – Right!!! You’re having a laugh!!!

  4. “….to the dismay of many mobile phone users.”??? Ini ndachitadzawo chirungu ichi!!

  5. This is a silly & childish stunt meant to portray Supa as some kind of ‘knight in shining armour’ hero. Zanupf will never change its ways

  6. ayas zvemu zim its always drama after drama ma funnies how can he as a minister note know shows unseriousness.

  7. Wezhira wezhara

    These are signs of discord due to factionalism in Government. One Minister approves this and another turns it down kkkkkkk.

    Kasukuwere sees wrong in Munangagwa accommodating people fired from the party but he celebrates with Mliswa his victory in Norton. He even withdraws a lawsuit yekupfimbana kwavo.

    Pfi pfi pfi pfi .

  8. Well done Supa Mandiwanzira for reversing that illegal price hike by Econet and others you were appointed by Robert Mugabe to work for him in that portfolio what the hell is corruption you are being accused by the immediate past General manager of net-one Reward Kangai that you pocketed $4 million dollars please may you resign with immediate effect.

    1. The regulator hiked the tariffs, not econet

  9. This is what happens when Ministers either take bribes or are themselves shareholders in mobile companies, they pretend to be shocked when conflict of interest catches them with their pants down

  10. This is an opportunity for our dear Telone to come up with mobile numbers and also offer internet services in order to boost your revenue.

  11. Thank you Minister Supa for helping your fellow zimbabweans

  12. Gvt ,through POTRAZ, pushes for network providers to hike fees. Intention being to 1. punish Tajamuka and a lot likes who may want to cause mayhem through whatsapp 2. to make cash like they do from toll gates 3. to protect Gvt owned network providers who were failing to compete with Econet. Econet realises that people’s anger is misdirected at them and makes a statement in defence, putting all the facts bare. Gvt realises, that the cat is out the bag and the electorate has been informed. the way forward. Reverse the new tarriffs with immediate effect, and go back the drawing board. Good year for me.

  13. I am just grateful that Potraz has nothing to do with Delta. Imagine giving a floor price to my….

  14. saka Mupfumira ashandiswa. Stupa will be popular!!

  15. Thank you Minister Supa is Super !!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Ashaya gap rekudya naro mari, hence the withdrawal.

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