About a week ago, the High Court of Zimbabwe reserved judgment on the urgency of Kwesé TV application. A day later, the ruling was announced in favor of the urgent application and they were allowed to keep operating. Now, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is contesting the ruling of the High Court.
BAZ lawyers filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court. The notice from the lawyers argues that the High Court had no jurisdiction to preside over the Kwesé TV case. According to the lawyers, the High Court erred in dealing with the application arising from the suspension or cancellation of the license as it was outside its jurisdiction.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe contends that the High Court decision to allow Econet media to operate was improper since there was no amendment to Dr Dish’s license to broadcast. BAZ also believes that the matter was not urgent therefore the High Court erred in ruling it as urgent.
This is appeal is an attempt to get the High Court decision overruled by the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of this appeal, Dr Dish will have to pay all the legal costs incurred by BAZ.
Kwesé TV was launched in August in Zimbabwe as they were using a broadcasting license from Dr Dish which allowed them to operate locally. Later, BAZ then announced that the Dr Dish license was not valid anymore and Econet Media stopped operating their satellite TV locally. The court proceedings then began to lead up to this recent development. You can read the following to get more background on the case.