By Killing the Internet, Zimbabwe Kills Commerce and the Lights – Bloomberg

By Brian Latham

When the Zimbabwean government ordered internet service providers to shutter parts of the web in an effort to curb anti-government protests, it also plunged homes into darkness because people can’t pay their utilities online.

Most people in the southern African nation use Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Ltd.’s Ecocash mobile-phone payment system for daily transactions. They buy electricity in units of $5 or less and almost all domestic users are on prepaid meters, so many buy for $1 at a time.

According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Ministry less than 5 percent of commercial transactions in the country involve cash, mainly because it’s hard to find. Instead Zimbabweans use Ecocash or bank cards.

“Tonight will be spent in darkness,” said 42-year-old John Pedzesai, who sells plants on a sidewalk in the capital, Harare.

Econet, Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile-phone company, declined to comment.

From: By Killing the Internet, Zimbabwe Kills Commerce and the Lights


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    computer mwinde 3 years ago

    indeed thus a coward act by our government,i could not expect this from a government leading one of the most educated nation in the world.

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    Disgruntled 3 years ago

    What difference does it make. With or without units we are in darkness. Also Zesa not answering their phones.