Last week, Dr Dish, would-be Kwesé TV content distributors in Zimbabwe took the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and its CEO, Mr Muganyura to court. This was after BAZ cancelled Dr Dish’s licence and prohibited them from providing service in this country.
Dr Dish, through its lawyers challenged the cancellation and made an urgent chamber application for the reversal of that decision. The matter was taken to the High Court where it is to be decided if the case is urgent or not. The decision on the urgency was supposed to come out yesterday.
The High Court judge presiding over the case, Charles Hungwe withheld judgement on the case. The respondents’ lawyer confirmed that the judge reserved judgment and no further communication had been made.
Dr Dish argued that the case should be treated as urgent as there was loss of projected revenue and threat to jobs among other things. They also argued that the BAZ CEO did not have the authority to cancel their licence and it is with these arguments that the urgency application was made.
The judge however dismissed the preliminary point that had been raised by the second respondent, Mr Muganyura that the matter had been taken to the wrong court. The matter will be decided by the High Court.
What do you think about all this? Could this reservation of judgement be really to consider the matter further or is it just to frustrate Dr Dish and Kwesé? In due time, hopefully soon, we will get a decision.
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 ... Read More
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. ... Read More
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 ... Read More