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Breaking: Econet And Cassava Lose Court Case, High Court Rules That EcoCash Cannot Separate Itself From Cassava

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Econet sued

The drama at the courts continues between the Econet family and their former partner Dr Dish.

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Dr Dish argues that Econet Media owes them $6.8 million as part of their revenue sharing deal when Kwese TV was launched. They are disputing the supposed claim by Econet that they only had 38 Kwese TV subscribers in Zimbabwe at that time and hence the money owed to Dr Dish is a paltry $8.05.

Nyasha Muzavazi of Dr Dish claims that Econet never gave them subscriber records as their agreement required. He then approached the High Court last week and was given an order to search premises belonging to Cassava Smartech and Econet.

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When they went to the Cassava Borrowdale offices with the Sheriff of the High Court to execute that order, the sheriff was stopped and asked to leave mid way through the search on EcoCash records. After that the sheriff went to police to report a case of obstruction of justice against Econet and Cassava.

Econet on their part, filed an urgent application at the High Court against the order. In their argument they said the records that were being perused by the sheriff when they stopped him were EcoCash records and not Cassava records. They went on to issue media releases to the same effect.

Is EcoCash separate from Cassava?

The Dr Dish legal team argued against the position by Econet and Cassava that EcoCash is separate and excluded from the court order that was issued last week. The court agreed with Dr Dish saying EcoCash as 100% owned subsidiary of Cassava Smartech cannot be separated form its parent.

This makes sense and I suspect Cassava and their lawyers already knew this but they had to try…

The other issue raised in court was that by stopping the sheriff from doing his job, Econet might be in contempt of court. Econet is a fighter but they have always fought using the legal process to their advantage. Last Friday’s slip could have been something else different. The calling of higher offices is a slippery slope, they have to be careful there.

Econet/Cassava’s Supreme Court Appeal

Besides the urgent chamber application, the Econet legal team had also filed an intention to appeal to the supreme court. They were appealing against the Anton Piller order that Dr Dish had been given. By appealing to the supreme court the Econet team is effectively frustrating Dr Dish because the High Court order has to be set aside until the supreme court either upholds it or sets it aside.

This is the same trick that Econet and Dr Dish fought against when they were still partners in arms fighting BAZ to allow Kwese to broadcast. The Dr Dish lawyer, Mr Kwirira of Magwaliba and Kwirira Legal Practitioners has thus filed an application at the High Court asking for the order to search EcoCash computers for the information Dr Dish needs to be executed pending the appeal case tabled before the supreme court.

This was exactly the same thing that Econet Media and Dr Dish did when BAZ appealed the High Court decision which favoured Kwese.


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Cassava SmartechDr DishNyasha Muzavazi

Cassava SmartTech Zimbabwe Limited is a Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed technology company in African with main operations in Zimbabwe. The company is in financial services, insurance, eCommerce, dducation, health, agriculture, and logistics. When it was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in December 2018 (the result... Read More About Cassava Smartech

BOSTV Blue Ocean Satellite Television is a free to air satellite TV channel which is 100% Zimbabwean owned.The channel brought back some of the popular South African soapies like Generations, Muvhango, Rhythm City as well as other entertainment, that were lost when South African brodcaster... Read More About Dr Dish

Nyasha Muzavazi is the Chief Executive of BOStv. In January of 2018 Nyasha stepped down as the Executive chairman of BOStv but remained as the Chief Executive Officer. Read More About Nyasha Muzavazi


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7 thoughts on “Breaking: Econet And Cassava Lose Court Case, High Court Rules That EcoCash Cannot Separate Itself From Cassava

  1. Do our sheriff’s have the necessary expertise to search and find the information?

  2. I guess what goes around comes around…. Econet tried to bypass after failing to get a license with Dr dish who only had the license in the first place for speculative reasons anyway…. Kwese is othe Dr dish has a license but there nothing to show fit it

  3. ITS NOT EASY TO DO BUSINESS IN ZIM
    someone was fighting to give you affordable entertainment halfway mid the hallway it has been closed due to some unexplained reasons.

  4. econet dzagara dziri mbavha.. hapana chavasingade kuita. i dont respect that company. only fools believe just becoz they have “the money” they can do all they wish. Econet has stolen somany ideas, has blocked so many ideas yet idiots and fools still think this company has every right to do as it wishes. In other countries it could have been a strategic partership, doctor dish providing Over The Top services then Econet provides its customers . This company has grown too big it does almost everything of all walks of life. ONLY AN IDIOT THINKS ECONET IS DOING THE RIGHT THING.. ndatopedza nemi, anyone who thinks otherwise , go argue with your ancestors

  5. Give the man his money , billionaire , billionaire cannot even give money worth one percent ur net worth ,

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