Kwese TV is now off air in Zimbabwe until courts decide various applications and appeals

Strive Masiyiwa’s Kwese TV has now gone offline in Zimbabwe as legal wrangles between Kwese TV’s content distributor, Dr Dish, and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) continue. Dr Dish and Kwese TV had to shut down operations after BAZ filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe challenging High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe’s decision to allow Kwese TV to operate as if the letter written by BAZ cancelling Dr Dish’s licence did not exist. However, when BAZ appealed against the ruling at the Supreme Court, it had the effect of suspending Justice Hungwe’s ruling, meaning that for now Dr Dish’s licence has been suspended and Kwese TV cannot air its content within the law.  We have since confirmed that Kwese TV has stopped airing its content.

Kwese TV has also filed an urgent application at the High Court again, seeking permission to continue operating until the matter is resolved by the Supreme Court. The matter is yet to be resolved.

Here is the statement released by Kwese TV, explaining the suspension of services.

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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

Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa

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

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