Econet Wireless accused of shrine desecration.
Mobile phone operator Econet Wireless has incurred the wrath of two tribal chiefs in Zimbabwe and is now facing a hefty compensation pay-out of 2,000 cows, after being accused of desecrating a tribal shrine.
The firm stands accused of disturbing the shrine during the construction of a base station, with chief Murinye and chief Mugabe claiming the claiming that the company exhumed human remains and destroyed tribal relics.
A civil court order was sought by the chiefs in a bid to block the construction of the base station, and are now seeking to have Econet Wireless brought before a Tribal Court to face the accusations. And while they aren’t seeking financial recompense, they are demanding payment of 2,000 cows to appease their ancestors.
"We have summoned Econet Wireless to appear before a traditional court on December 5th this year at Chamakondo Traditional Court in Masvingo Central,” chief Shumba, Mr Mugaviri Chikava told local news media.
"We are demanding to be paid 2,000 head of cattle by Econet Wireless and all these cattle should be white in colour," he stated, adding that "Econet Wireless should also buy some special cloths, which we are going to use to appease our ancestors."
Econet Wireless is yet to comment on the case, but accepted that human remains were disturbed during the construction.