Econet Sues Tsvangirai's Brother Over Phone Bill

Econet, which is now relying on litigation to recover debts incurred by corporates and individuals charges that Casper, has refused and neglected to pay $1 272 which he incurred two years ago.

The mobile services provider, which filed summons in the High Court recently, is now seeking a default judgment against Tsvangirai, which could lead it to attach the miner’s properties to recover the outstanding debt.

Apart from Tsvangirai, Econet has also dragged to court several enterprises, embassies and Zanu (PF) sympathisers including Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira. At one time, the Zambian and Angolan embassy dithered on paying their mobile telephone bills and Econet was forced to engage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to compel the diplomatic missions to settle their dues.

The dispute over the phone bill sparked a diplomatic tiff, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appeared to be supporting the embassies in their efforts to avoid settling their debts. However, the Zambian embassy has sinceworked a payment plan with the telecoms operator.