Poor cellular network affects Malipati

from KHUMBULANI TARUVANDA in Malipati, Chiredzi South
SOME rural areas in Chiredzi South are experiencing poor mobile network coverage, seriously inconveniencing both business activities and social life.

So bad is the situation that people residing in Malipati and surrounding areas are forced to subscribe to foreign mobile network service providers.

In an interview with the Lowveld Post (, disgruntled Econet, NetOne and Telecel subscribers expressed concern over lack of a reliable coverage in their areas, noting all telecommunication companies provided unsatisfactory service.

“Only Econet and NetOne are effective from 0800 hours up to 1430hrs,” said Malipati Veterinary Officer Dadai Mhere.

A resident of Masukwe area, Wilbert Muzamani said they were resorting to foreign network service providers, Vodacom and MTN in South Africa for communication.

“We now communicate on network from South Africa and Movitel from Mozambique,” said Muzamani.

He also revealed that they were satisfied with foreign network service because it was affordable and reliable.

A fuel dealer from Pahlela who preferred anonymity due to the illegal nature of his business said his clients did not make use of money transfer services Ecocash, Telecash and One Wallet, making the Zimbabwe mobile networks irrelevant.

“They don’t want to hear anything about RTGS hence the business is based on foreign currency,” he said.

A teacher from Malipati School who preferred anonymity said lack of service by Zimbabwe network providers was causing her nightmares.

“Our salary is in the form of Rtgs but we are working in an area where Rand is the dominant currency which means we cannot buy anything here,” he said.

An Econet customer care service official who could not identify himself only said they would “find out and solve the network problem at Malipati and surrounding places”.

TeleCash and One Wallet officials could not be reached for comment.

A Chiwara bus conductor, Stuart Sam Muyambo commented on the issue, noting Econet had raised the possibility that Lowveld could join the global village when they erected a booster in the area in 2009.

“We were disappointed when we learned that the booster works only during the day and sometimes it does not work during that prescribed period,” said Muyambo.

Another passenger who was heading to Gezani told the Lowveld Post that there were no network signals at all in Gezani, Dhavhata and Bhondela.

Chiredzi South Member of Parliament Callisto Gwanetsa was not available for comment.

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