by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – PAY-per-view television channel, Kwese, is set to launch in Zimbabwe after local courts reversed a decision by the country’s broadcasting regulator to ban the channel.
The court breakthrough is another victory by the country’s richest man and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, almost two decades after he was granted a licence to operate Econet Wireless amid stiff resistance by government.
Last Friday, High Court judge, Justice Charles Hungwe, ruled against the ban on Kwese by the partisan Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).
Kwese is widely viewed as a direct competitor to South Africa’s Multichoice, which owns Digital Television Service (DStv).
Econet Media operates Kwese, which is already operating in a number of Sub-Saharan countries.
The Kwese platform provides different products such as sports, lifestyle, movies, kid’s television, music, news, religious and faith among others.
Media rights groups this weekend hailed the ruling by the High Court in a country where the judiciary is seen as partisan and the local Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation enjoying a monopoly over the years.
– CAJ News