It never rains but pours for Econet Media’s Kwese as the government’s broadcasting arm, moves in quickly to denounce the latest developments that suggested Kwese had been licenced through a content delivery partner, DR Dish.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has issued a statement stating that DR Dish is not licenced, hence Kwese is riding on a null and void licence.
The news comes in hardly hours after Zimbabwe started celebrating the dawn of affordable satellite based TV as Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Started selling the set boxes and installation kit for Kwese service.
Here is the statement published by BAZ, through ZBC, an apparent Kwese Competitor.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) wishes to advise the public that the authority has not issued a licence to Kwese TV to operate in Zimbabwe.
This follows media reports suggesting that Kwese was now officially in Zimbabwe and did not need a licence after all.
In a statement, BAZ CEO, Mr Obert Muganyura said in terms of the Broadcasting Services Act [chapter 12:06], no person shall provide a broadcasting service in Zimbabwe other than in accordance with a licence issued by BAZ.
He stated that the content distribution licence issued to Dr. Dish, which was specific to the provision of the My TV Africa Sservice, as declared by Dr. Dish in its application and stated in the terms and conditions of the licence, was cancelled by the authority for failure by Dr. Dish to provide service.
“BAZ therefore wishes to advise the public not to invest in a service that cannot be provided without a licence and warns anyone who may contemplate providing an unlicensed broadcasting service to acquaint themselves with the course of action that the authority is bound to take in terms of the law,” said Mr Maganyura.