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Wazara not Kenya boss

Staff Writer

ECONET founder and group chief executive Strive Masiyiwa says loyal companion Zachary Wazara has not been appointed Econet Kenya managing director, but that the head-hunting

debate will soon end when the group officially unveils a South African for the post early next year.

Wazara, a former Econet Zimbabwe boss based in SA and immediate past chief of disputed Econet Nigeria, is an executive director of Econet Wireless Global (EWG) and heads its business development wing.

Said Masiyiwa last Thursday: “He is based in South Africa and travels around the world looking at new opportunities and also works with me and other senior executives in developing strategy to develop our operations.”

He said the vastly-experienced Econet Kenya CEO-designate was already assembling his team for the Nairobi general services mobile (GSM) project.

As with other country heads, he will report directly to Wazara on issues pertaining to business expansion and strategy.

EWG has operations in more than 15 countries now, supported by autonomous and robust managerial strategies based on what Masiyiwa calls “key performance indicators”.

Meanwhile, Altech’s successful merger with EWG has not changed managerial outlook at the Johannesburg company, as Masiyiwa has retained his group chief executive post.

The other team comprising Wazara and chief financial officer Craig Fitzgerald remains intact, except for Wessie Van der Westhuizen’s secondment to head the merged group’s operations.

“This will strengthen my team particularly as we expand further and further from the home base into the Asia Pacific region,” the tenacious Econet founder said.

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