Kwese TV statement explaining suspension of broadcasting services, says open to refunds

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In order to comply with the law, Econet’s Kwese TV has stopped broadcasting until the legal issues are resolved. This comes after the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) filed an appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the decision by High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe to allow Kwese TV to broadcast via its content partner Dr Dish. The appeal has the effect of suspending Justice Hungwe’s earlier ruling. Here is the official statement from KWese TV.


Dear Valued Customers. Thank you for supporting Kwese TV. We would like to inform you that the broadcasting of the Kwese TV Service has been temporarily suspended following an appeal to the Supreme Court by The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). This appeal challenged the ruling which was issued in favour of Kwese TV by the High Court last week.

We have approached the High Court on an urgent basis for permission to continue broadcasting pending the determination of the appeal in the High Court. We will update you as soon as the judgment is handed down. We sincerely regret this inconvenience, which is outside of our control.

In the meantime, we are happy to make a refund to you at any point in time, should you so wish. You can however keep your installed decoder & equipment until the ruling is issued.

Thank you for your continued support.



Kwese TV is a Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media. On 23 August 2017, Econet Media announced that Kwese TV was now available in Zimbabwe and that decoders were available at Econet Shops. However, that very same day the The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) dismissed the claim that Kwese TV had been licensed and warned consumers not to invest in an unlicenced service. It also warned business operators not to provide "an unlicensed broadcasting service." Read More

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