Celcom top brass in mass resignation

Telecoms

The executive management of Celcom Limited has resigned throwing the company into uncertainty. The mass resignation also cast doubt about whether the company will roll out this October as per licence  deadline given by the Malawi Communication Regulatatory Authority (Macra).

Celcom chief executive officer Ted Sauti Phiri has said that he had resigned from the company, along with other managers, although he declined to give reasons for the move. 

Locally-owned Celcom fought off competition from three companies – Zambezi Africa Telecom, C-Mobile Holdings Limited and Smart Telecom Limited – for Malawi’s first technology-neutral licence in May last year; the firm said it aims to bring affordable wireless services to consumers, particularly in rural areas of the country. 

Leston Mulli, chairperson and managing director of Celcom’s parent Mulli Brothers Limited, declined to comment on the future of the operator, while Zadziko Mankhambo, head of communications at MACRA, said: ‘We are not interested in the resignations at Celcom. What we are interested in is whether they will meet the deadline to roll out.’