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Zimbabwe Court Grants Reprieve To Mobile Operator In Licence Row

Zimbabwe's high court gave the mobile phone provider Telecel a reprieve Thursday, saying it could keep operating despite a government order revoking its license.

Telecel, the third largest cell phone provider in Zimbabwe, has appealed to Minister of Transport and Communication Christopher Mushowe, who is expected to make the determination as to whether the state will pursue the matter or not.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority last week revoked Telecel's 15-year national cellular communications licence saying that a majority interest in the country was held by foreigners in violation of Zimbabwe telecommunications law.

Lawyers for the Communications Ministry and the authority both consented to Justice Joseph Musakwa’s decision to grant Telecel a reprieve.

Telecel lawyer Jonathan Samkange told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the case against his client was weak, and that if the government pursued it, Telecel would seek relief in an administrative court.

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