Econet Media’s partner Dr Dish has threatened to report the providers of Kwese TV to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for operating without a broadcasting license as stipulated by the Broadcasting Services Act Chapter 12:06.
Speaking to Techzim, Nyasha Muzavazi, the Executive Chairman of Dr Dish,said Econet Media is breaking the law. muzavazi said they are consulting their lawyers and will take appropriate action which may include reporting Econet Media to ZACC. Said Muzavazi:
What I can only say as an Industry player is that, there is no provision in the Broadcasting Services Act Chapter 12:06 for anyone to operate a Broadcasting Service without a License. Erecting of Broadcasting Apparatus at households in Zimbabwe by Kwese without a License is illegal and a criminal offence in terms of the Broadcasting Services Act .Operating of a Broadcasting Services called Kwese without a valid License is illegal in Zimbabwe. As Dr Dish we are still consulting our lawyers and will take appropriate action as would be advised, which may include taking the matter to ZACC for investigations.
When reached for comment by Techzim, Econet Media (Kwese) responded advising that they would definitely respond with their official position by end of day on Thursday. There is still no response from Econet Media. Techzim also reached out to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba and he was too busy to discuss Kwese. Currently this ministry doesn’t have a minister.