BAZ challenges High Court decision to approve Kwese TV again

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) BAZ chief executive officer, Obert Muganyura again approached the High Court on Monday challenging its decision to grant Kwese TV the go ahead to broadcast.

Muganyura argues that Kwese TV had been allowed to operate illegally and that Justice Charles Hungwe had no jurisdiction to entertain the business dispute. BAZ is now seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court again. Part of Muganyura’s High Court application reads:

The legal provision makes it clear and the Administrative Court itself has no power to authorise the respondent (Dr Dish) to carry on broadcasting services. That power vests with the first applicant herein (BAZ). It was, therefore completely irregular for the High Court to have assumed jurisdiction and to have proceeded to authorise the respondent to operate without a licence. The applicants (Muganyura and BAZ) maintain the position that they acted in accordance with the law and cancelled the licence.

In his recent judgement, Justice Hungwe ruled that Muganyura cannot cancel Dr Dish’s licence since he has no authority to make the decision without the approval of the BAZ board.

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The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is the regulatory authority for broadcasting in Zimbabwe. BAZ was established through an Act of Parliament in 2001 providing for the functions, powers and duties of the authority. BAZ falls under the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity. BAZ... Read More About Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe

Charles Hungwe is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe in 2000. Justice Hungwe is a war veteran and was the founding chairperson when the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association was formed... Read More About Charles Hungwe

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


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