Strive Masiyiwa Summoned by Parliament

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa has been summoned to appear before Parliament to give oral evidence on an issue where his company is accused of failing to pay Masvingo Municipality for leased land.

The land houses the company’s base stations.

A register of lease agreements shows that Econet has 16 base stations in Masvingo, despite that some of its lease agreements with the municipality expired years ago.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (Pac) member Dexter Nduna (Chegutu West MP) yesterday confirmed that Masiyiwa had been summoned to appear before Parliament.

He, however, said Pac was not on a “witchhunt”, but would be raising issues of accountability.

The anomaly with regards to the lease agreements was unearthed by Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chiri’s 2019 report on local authorities.