KweseTV taken off air following appeal by Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless’ payTV subsidiary KweseTV has been taken off air following an appeal by the country’d broadcasting industry regulator, Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), to the country’s Supreme Court.

In its appeal to the Supreme Court, BAZ faulted the High Court ruling that gave Econet Media’s KweseTV permission to operate in the country, arguing that the lower court (High Court) had “no mandate to preside over the Kwesé TV case.”

According to The Standard, High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe two weeks gave Kwesé TV, through its partner, Dr Dish, the go ahead to operate after which BAZ, through its lawyers, filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court.

Following the suspension of its services, KweseTV yesterday – September 16 – issued a statement informing the public and its customers that it had approached the High Court “on an urgent basis for permission to continue broadcasting pending the determination of the appeal” in the same court.

The statement added that KweseTV would be “happy to make a refund” to any subscribers “at any point in time” even though it urged them to keep their “installed decoder and equipment” until a ruling is made.

KweseTV is owned Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless which was founded by Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwe national.

KweseTV is currently available in various countries in East and Southern Africa.


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