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ZCTU slams govt over Kwese TV

Zimbabwe’s largest trade union federation, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), has slammed government for denying Kwese TV — owned by Strive Masiyiwa — a broadcasting licence.

Kwese TV is owned by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa
Kwese TV is owned by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa

This comes after the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) has declared the Econet Group’s pay television service, Kwese TV, illegal and warned the company against providing services without licence.

Econet Media announced the introduction of Kwese TV in Zimbabwe, to compete with the country’s sole, State-owned television station as well as Naspers’ Multichoice. Indications were that Kwese TV would rise on a third party licence held by Dr Dish. However, in a statement issued last week, Baz chief executive officer Obert Muganyura said Dr Dish’s licence had long been revoked after the company failed to launch its service.

“The banning of Kwese TV was a clear denial of alternative voices for Zimbabweans by authorities and should be condemned to the core,” ZCTU secretary general Japhet Moyo said yesterday.

“The move deprives the country of a variety of media outlets, the much needed and investment and jobs to jump-start the ailing economy.” Daily News

  • Monopoly

  • Kkkkkkkk slammed. What’s slamming actually and happens when one gets slammed. Zvimwe zvoda action not slamming

  • vanokanganwa kt nyika inotongwa ne magandanga

  • They have demoralized many by denying the Kwese to operate in the country. Do they really know what is the meaning of KWESE? Kwese means Everywhere. It’s a Shona name generated by our fellow citizen who has Zimbabwe at heart. The government has failed to fulfill the 2,2 mil as promised, now Masiyiwa is bringing 10000 jobs and you just kick the idea away.

  • All of sudden Masiiwa is hero.Ecocash is very expensive and Masiiwa is quiet.Econet bundles easily vanish and Masiiwa is quiet.We are being charged 15% for cash and Masiiwa is quiet.Ecocash debit cards nowhere to be found and Masiiwa is quiet.Masiiwa has virtually colonised all ZIMBABWEANS,,,,,which is evil,,,,If Masiiwa help me get cash good for me not Kwese TV blah blah blah CASH CASH CASH

    • He should say something pertaining accessing cash thru ecocash.yes we should not blame him but he should give us a word on these unnecessary Ecocash charges.

    • The game is business and making money.

    • The game is business and making money.

    • Yes thts true.BUT WHAT IF MASIIWA NEVER CAME WIT ECOCASH IDEA tinga dai tichidii.Secondly Masiiwa is nw not a Major shareholder of Econet…Plus everythng has protocol Masiiwa arisi basa rake re pricing.Chake invester achi unza mabasa ne technology ne mari kwaari nevashandi

    • Yes thts true.BUT WHAT IF MASIIWA NEVER CAME WIT ECOCASH IDEA tinga dai tichidii.Secondly Masiiwa is nw not a Major shareholder of Econet…Plus everythng has protocol Masiiwa arisi basa rake re pricing.Chake invester achi unza mabasa ne technology ne mari kwaari nevashandi

    • Go to telecel if you are not happy. is he robbing you at gun point?

    • Go to telecel if you are not happy. is he robbing you at gun point?

    • Masiyiwa is not a saint but he didn’t create the cash crisis which makes ecocash agents charge you 15% commission to get your money.You should make those demands to our fiscal and monetary authorities.

    • Masiyiwa is not a saint but he didn’t create the cash crisis which makes ecocash agents charge you 15% commission to get your money.You should make those demands to our fiscal and monetary authorities.

    • The propblem is the economy which has liquidity problems and sad macro economic variables.Every other activity falls into that trap.I am surprised you never wanted to hold barclays bank accountable for charging $2.50 for every withdrawal and being the most expensive in RTGs.Econet has tremendously achieved a total financial inclusion in this country.Blame your government for its incompetency simple.Kwese would have brought in revenue from abroad had he been allowed to establish HQ in Harare.Sad!!!

    • The propblem is the economy which has liquidity problems and sad macro economic variables.Every other activity falls into that trap.I am surprised you never wanted to hold barclays bank accountable for charging $2.50 for every withdrawal and being the most expensive in RTGs.Econet has tremendously achieved a total financial inclusion in this country.Blame your government for its incompetency simple.Kwese would have brought in revenue from abroad had he been allowed to establish HQ in Harare.Sad!!!

    • my friend go to telecel or netone if econet is expensive simple. the issue here is gvt preaches indeginisation, so why deny Strive an indeginous person when we alreay hv DSTV

    • my friend go to telecel or netone if econet is expensive simple. the issue here is gvt preaches indeginisation, so why deny Strive an indeginous person when we alreay hv DSTV

    • Its all about economy wang haistombori mhosva yamasiiwa

    • pple are frustrated as if this kwese tv will be for free

    • You seem to think that ecocash is expensive and it looks like it’s you alone. Why should a business explain itself for prices. Don’t yiu see why even those who work for telecel and net one have econet lines for transction purposes

    • The worst asshole i hv ever seen,nxaaa u r a disgrace to yo family

    • Asi unema shares ku multi choice

    • @Samson Musundire- vhurika plz …

      (1)its not abt Kwese being free.it ws to bring 10 000 jobs in Zim…(2))-it ws going to bring competition,in tht industry
      (3) -they openly said ey wld accept ECOCASH & POS wereas Dstv does not accept evn bondnotes,(4)It ws obviosly goin to bring competition ,tht means quality service,n evn cheaper services
      (5)Infact its way to cheap tht Dstv,hw do i kno ey stated thr prices-full subscription goes for $29 and Dstv $79

  • bt 3 weeks back u reported that they hv been given the licence, what then happened?

    • it ws crushed down by BAZ ,,,actualy ey wantd to use JoyTv or MyTv lincense bcoz ranga ratone time richi ramba ravo saka ey thought it ws legal,infact its legal but -politics munongoizivawo.

      its funny tht Kwese tv is nw in more than 5 countries fully licensed & it has headquaters in Kenya.Yet its frm Zimbabwe by a Zimbabwean

    • it ws crushed down by BAZ ,,,actualy ey wantd to use JoyTv or MyTv lincense bcoz ranga ratone time richi ramba ravo saka ey thought it ws legal,infact its legal but -politics munongoizivawo.

      its funny tht Kwese tv is nw in more than 5 countries fully licensed & it has headquaters in Kenya.Yet its frm Zimbabwe by a Zimbabwean

    • even in bots its there

    • even in bots its there

  • Masiyiwa is a fighter. Remember the days of the birth of Econet? It went all the way to the high court and he triumphed

  • Masiyiwa is a fighter. Remember the days of the birth of Econet? It went all the way to the high court and he triumphed

  • İchiwo chinozviti DSTV chave kuda maUS dollars chete zvakaoma

  • İchiwo chinozviti DSTV chave kuda maUS dollars chete zvakaoma

  • matibaya

  • matibaya

  • econet inodhura zvese kwese atiide muno isu

  • ive never seen a government that fights against its people ini,only in Zimbabwe..saka hondo yacho yarwirwei if we are jelousy against our own sons and daughters..

  • We have successful ecomomists, politicians, doctors, policemen and women, lawyers, prophets and many more pafacebook. Everything gets an answer pafacebook. But in real life….the struggle continues and i wonder kuti seriously?????

  • Ko masiiwa adii hake ndiye ari kuita kuti cash ishaike here? Just ignore ecocash and use other means period

  • Zimbabwe needs to be totally depoliticised and utterly dezanuised.

  • Pliz,someone tell Ann Nhira to write a letter to Zhuwawo,she seems to be getting shit done.She is our best chance in this Kwese debacle.

  • 22% kutora mari ..zvinorwadza