Resisting Political Corruption: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Research Case Study)

69 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

Date Written: June 2003


This case study documents the story of Zimbabwean entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa in his quest to obtain a mobile telecommunications license. First the Post and Telecommunications Corporation of Zimbabwe (PTC) and then the Ministry of Information, Post and Telecommunications of the government of President Robert Mugabe place obstacle after obstacle in his path, but Masiyiwa challenges their decisions and actions in the High Court and the Supreme Court. Throughout this five year process (1993-1998), he remains determined to obtain the license through ethical means. A number of individuals and organizations are impressed by his values and come to his help and this assistance, along with the independence of the Judiciary, is instrumental in his firm being given the license in July 1998. The case represents an in-depth study of a successful example of resistance to political corruption.

Keywords: Corruption, ethics, values, entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: A13, D21, M13, M14

Suggested Citation

Velamuri, S. Ramakrishna, Resisting Political Corruption: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Research Case Study) (June 2003). Available at SSRN: or

S. Ramakrishna Velamuri (Contact Author)

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