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Telecel founder and business mogul James Makamba returns to Zimbabwe after 12 years in exile

Businessman James Makamba has  arrived back in the country from self-imposed exile.

Makamba is an entrepreneur, politician and former commercial broadcaster.

He has interests in the retail, telecommunications, mining, agricultural, property and professional consultancy sectors, digital publishing and philanthropy.

In 1997, one of his companies leased Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s second colour television channel, turning it into the country’s first independent television station, known as Joy TV.

The station’s licence was revoked in 2002 due to licensing complications.

Makamba, a former Zanu PF central committee member, fled the country in 2005 for an unknown destination with speculation that he had landed in the United Kingdom. Makamba was then allegedly facing charges of illegally dealing in foreign currency.

Dr James Makamba is an African businessman and philanthropist whose career successes span decades. His career began in Zimbabwe in radio broadcasting and his business acumen saw him rise to prominence as an entrepreneur whose interests include retail, telecommunications, mining, agriculture, property development and investement, professional consultancy and digital publishing.

He sits on the boards of Telecel Zimbabwe, IBBAMO Foundation, JHL Investments, Thurlow & Company, the Kestrel Corporation (Pty) Ltd, African Business Connect, Makamba & Associates, and Anglo African Minerals.

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