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.