Zimbabwe accuses biggest phone company of money laundering
20 Jul 2020

Zimbabwe’s police have accused Econet Wireless Ltd., the country’s dominant mobile phone company, of money laundering, demanded a list of its subscribers and issued a search warrant against it.

The move escalates a clash between the government and company whose money transfer service facilitates the bulk of transactions in the southern African country. The government says its activities are contributing to the rapid depreciation of the national currency.

In an order against the company, the police accused the company of creating fictitious mobile money, converting it to cash and then buying foreign currency on the black market before sending it out the country.

By Godfrey Marawanyika and Ray Ndlovu, Bloomberg, 17 July 2020

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Photo (cropped and edited): Baynham Goredema [CC-BY-2.0] via Flickr

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