Government is trying to arm-twist Kwese TV to partner with either ZBC or Zimpapers – Dr Dish

Kwese TV’s content distributor in Zimbabwe, Dr Dish has accused the government of trying to force Econet Media to partner Kwese TV with either Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers) or Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). This was revealed in the urgent chamber application which was filed at the High Court by Dr. Dish’s lawyer and Strive Masiyiwa’s associate Tawanda Nyambirai yesterday. Dr Dish claims that BAZ cancelled its broadcasting licence in order to force Kwese TV to “dump” Dr Dish and conclude negotiations with other Zimpapers of ZTV.

Part of the court papers filed by Dr Dish read:

I am advised by Mr Zachary Wazara of Econet Media, and I believe that Econet Kwese TV was engaged in separate discussions with Zimpapers and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation at their request, both of which are entities related to the Government of Zimbabwe.

In the circumstances, I am left with no option, but to speculate that the only reason Applicant’s license has been terminated is to force Econet Media Mauritius and Econet Kwese TV to conclude agreements with either of the Government related entities, and to abandon the Applicant. If I am correct, this circumstance is enough to taint the decision to cancel our license as irrational.

Applicant procured the payment of all its arrears in license fees, including the license fees for the current year on 18 August 2017. I contend that it is that payment that triggered Respondents’ letter of 22 August 2017 that was disguised as a response to a letter that Applicant had sent to Respondents in October 2016, 10 months ago.

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Kwese TVHigh CourtTawanda Nyambirai

Kwese TV was a subscription-based Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media. The service was shut down formally on 1 November 2018. Customers that had bought the satellite could still watch Free to air content on their Kwese equipment... Read More About Kwese TV

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court... Read More About High Court

Tawanda Nyambirai is a celebrated Zimbabwean born businessman-cum-lawyer who rose to fame through his renowned TN Holdings Limited business empire and other strategic partnerships. His fame was further catapulted by his business alliance with the giant international telecoms operator Econet Wireless Group. Read More About Tawanda Nyambirai


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