The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT and Infrastructure Development has summoned ICT Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira to give oral evidence to the committee on the developments that led to data rates spiking, a week after drama unfolded in the same parliament, when mobile operators were summoned
The ICT minister will appear before a Parlimentary to give oral evidence on his role in the Data Pricing drama that sent shockwaves across the country.
Minister Mandiwanzira is likely to be grilled by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT, Postal and Courier Services chaired by Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa, a former minister of ICT from the opposition camp.
An invitational letter for Mandiwanzira from the Clerk of Parliament in possession of TechnoMag summoned him to brief the committee about the data pricing furore.
“The above mentioned committee is inviting you to a meeting on Monday 6 February at 1400hrs in the national assembly Parliament building. The purpose for the meeting is for you to update the Committee on the developments surrounding the increase in data tariffs, and the subsequent reversal of the decision and how this is going to affect internet accessibility across Zimbabwe,” reads the letter.
There was a public outburst into the new year when mobile network operators unwittingly hiked their data rates and all promotions being terminated before an adoption of $1 for 10mb offer by Econet causing a national pandemonium.
Mobile networks suggested that they were following a directive from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe which ordered all operators to have a floor price.
With the public uproar, Minister Mandiwanzira who was on leave made a statement through the then acting minister to reverse the data increase directive much to the awe of many.
Econet was at the receiving end of the furore, while it openly accused the government of double standards and unfair treatment, as other operators delayed to publicly pronounce the cancelation of their promos, while NetOne continued with its one fusion.