Telecel Zimbabwe has appointed Angeline Vere as the new CEO, promoting her from her position as Telecel‘s legal manager but her appointment was met by controversy as it was issued by exiled Zimbabwean business tycoon, James Makamba who is the chair of the company’s board of directors.
Prior to her appointment as a legal manager in 2014, Vere was appointed Telecel’s GM in 2013. She has over 15 years legal experience in commercial law, Telecommunication, broadcasting regulatory and administrative law and has worked for the Attorney General’s office, TelOne and the Regulatory Authority before moving to Telecel in 2004.
Angeline holds a Bachelor of Laws Honours degree (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe, Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of South Africa and an ACCA Diploma in Finance and Accounting.
According to the Zimbabwean, Makamba’sinvolment in the telco is questionable as a faction of leaders are not in his support. The reports show his leadership of Telecel Zimbabwe is in dispute and the appoinment might be nullified.
Though owned by VimpelComm which has over 50% shareholding and the Empowerment Corporation, a group of local investors with some 40% shareholding, Telecel has struggled to operate in Zimbabwe and recently had its licence revoked by government citing failure to pay its telco licence fee which some reports claim to be untrue and politically influenced.