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Vodacom gets new boss

MASERU — Vodacom Lesotho managing director Godfrey Mbingo has left the country to take up a new post within the mobile telecommunications group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mbingo is going to be the managing director of Vodacom DRC.

He will be replaced by Kennedy Malemu who was the managing director of Vodacom DRC.

Vodacom spokesperson Thabiso Mlungwane confirmed the swap.

“Mbingo handed over to Malemu last week,” Mlungwane said.

“The Vodacom team has bid farewell to him.

“Malemu will be doing the handover to Mbingo on Monday.”

Mlungwane said Malemu will be coming back to Lesotho to officially take up his new position on September 22.

Mbingo was initially based at Vodacom South Africa before he was posted to Lesotho in January 2007.

Before that he was working for Coca-Cola.

Malemu was with Vodacom Tanzania before his posting to the DRC.

“They are being rotated. It’s part of the group plan. It’s a normal rotation,” Mlungwane said.

Farewell parties were held for Mbingo last week.

At one of the parties, Malemu told Vodacom staff, dealers and other stakeholders that he was not coming to change Vodacom Lesotho’s approach to the market.

He said he will make some changes but the general framework of operation will remain the same.

Vodacom Lesotho is one of the best performing Vodacom subsidiaries in terms of margins and subscriber numbers.

Other subsidiaries in the group include Vodacom South Africa, Vodacom Mozambique, Vodacom Tanzania and Vodacom DRC.

When Mbingo arrived at Vodacom Lesotho the company had a subscriber base of 270 000.

This number has however grown to more than 500 000, with unconfirmed figures putting it at 570 000.

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