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Zimbabwe's Data and voice Queen B named?

by Ndou Paul
31 Oct 2018 at 09:40hrs | Views
Zimbabwean business tycoon Mutumwa Mawere has suggested that there is a Data and voice Queen B in Zimbabwe. There is currently a multi-billion dollar foreign currency scandal in Zimbabwe which outspoken Zanu-PF activist, Acie Lumumba has linked to a shadowy character he has referred to as Queen Bee.
When benchmarked against other countries, monthly mobile data costs in Zimbabwe remain one of the most expensive in Africa. Ecobank's report found that Zimbabwe ranks number 2 across 47 African countries, in a study that examined the average monthly cost of one gigabyte of data. The monthly average cost of mobile data in Zimbabwe is pegged at $25 per gigabyte, second to Equatorial Guinea’s most expensive mobile data which goes for $35.47 per gigabyte.

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa's wife, Tsitsi, had sparked internet rumours that the mogul may be joining Mnangagwa's government in some capacity.

Writing on Twitter, Tsitsi said: "I read about in Genesis the story of Joseph the young Israelite's appointment as prime minister of Egypt by Pharaoh. Wow! Incredible. Found myself asking, ‘Can you be called upon by your pharaoh to serve in your Egypt to prevent calamity?'"

Jumping into the conversation, Mawere wrote that "Perhaps Joseph is completely blindfolded by the dominance in electronic money&the profits generated by a disguised monopoly. If a Queen B of fuel exists, then who is the data&voice Queen B?."

Masiyiwa's company Econet is the largest telecoms firm in Zimbabwe with a diversified portfolio.

Lumumba, real name William Gerald Mutumanje, last week threw the cat among the pigeons when he suggested the so-called Queen Bee, was so powerful that he single-handedly controlled the country's fuel industry and was preferred ahead of all in the allocation of foreign currency by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

He further said the character was so powerful that he even controlled some top government officials.

While Queen Bee continues to be a mysterious character in the eyes of many locals, Presidential advisor Chris Mutsvangwa weekend claimed that Sakunda Holdings owner, Kudakwashe Tagwirei was the Queen Bee.

Social media was immediately abuzz with speculation that the Queen Bee referred to by Mutumanje was Tagwirei, who has been handed several lucrative government contracts, some very controversial. Tagwirei is suspected to be the face behing 'Queen B' although there is no substantial proof and it remains a subject of speculation.

Mutsvangwa claimed Tagwirei was being given preferential treatment in terms of foreign currency allocation by the central bank.

Tagwirei is the owner of Sakunda Holdings, which is in a 50:50 partnership with Trafigura, an international company with vast interests in fuel.

Source - Byo24News