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Harare lawyer sues DSTV over insistence on US dollar subscriptions

By Daniel Nemukuyu

A HARARE lawyer has approached the High Court seeking an order compelling Skynet Private Limited (Multichoice Zimbabwe) to accept bank card swipe, bank transfers, ecocash and bond notes for DSTV subscriptions.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe
MultiChoice Zimbabwe

Most households countrywide have over the past months failed to raise the required United States dollars required for DSTV subscription.

Hard hit by cash shortages, Zimbabweans cannot easily raise bond notes and coins hence the application by Mr James Majatame of Takawira Law Chambers for an order compelling the service provider to accept other methods of payment.

In the application filed at the High Court yesterday morning, Mr Majatame is seeking a declaratory order compelling Multichoice to accept the other methods of payment permissible in terms of the laws of the country.

Mr Majatame argued that Multichoice’s conduct of refusing to accept other forms of payment was unlawful.

“The first respondent’s (Multichoice) conduct of refusing to accept subscriptions by way of swipe, ecocash, bank transfer, bond notes and coins, preferring US dollars only, is unlawful.

“The Government in 2016 passed Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016 and the principal Act, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Act (2016) through which bond notes and coins were issued as legal tender in Zimbabwe.

“Section 44B(2) of the said SI 133 of 2016, provides that bond notes and coins are exchangeable at par value with any specified currency other than Zimbabwean currency prescribed as legal tender for the purposes of Section 44A.

“Clearly the refusal by the Respondent to accept my payment for its services in bond notes or coins, is not only illegal but it is a massive slap in the face for the Government and lawmakers,” said Mr Majatame.

He said no one was above the law in Zimbabwe, hence Multichoice, as long as it does its business in this jurisdiction, must respect Zimbabwean laws.

“Respondent’s conduct in this regard appears to be that of the animals who are more equal than others. The law puts everyone at par, and the respondent should not be allowed to gain an unfair advantage over others,” said Mr Majatame.

He submitted that Zimbabwe was experiencing cash problems and that Multichoice’s conduct had an effect of promoting black market.

“Applicant implores the court to take judicial notice of the liquidity crunch that our country is facing now.

“Cash in US dollars is now a scarce commodity. The conduct by the respondent of demanding US dollars only for its DSTV services promotes black market which is more averse to our country and economy,” said Majatame.

Multichoice, Majatame’s lawyers argued, was exhibiting the big brother attitude in business.

“Respondent is a service company operating in Zimbabwe and it enjoys not only a monopoly, it also enjoys oligopoly hence it feels like it is a big boy in town and can disrespect its customers and the lawmakers in whichever way without it being reprimanded.”

Mr Majatame is a holder of a DSTV account and he visited Multichoice offices in Avondale, Harare on Wednesday to make payment for subscriptions using a bank card.

“The man behind the counter informed me that they were not accepting any subscriptions through swipe, bank transfer, bond notes and coins. He told me that they were only accepting US dollars,” reads Mr Majatame’s founding affidavit.

Multichoice is yet to respond to the application. The Herald

  • Ipai vanhu mabasa honai manje

  • Dstv yanetsa tavakutoshaya kuti zviri kufambasei dzavapolitics here kana dziri idzo mavakuti wanzira apa matora mari tika ku4nerai hamudaviri

  • Dstv chingobudai pawhite kuti tava nepoiltical agender hatinonoke kuita zvatiinofunga

  • Yah they are operating in Zim so they should accept all those forms of payment. Whats so special abt them. Apa ndovari kutadzisa Kwese TV kut ipiwe licence. If they dnt want to accept other forms of payment besides the US$ then Ngavaende Ngavaende!!! After all their service is too expensive for the ordinary Zimbo. And to the lawyer, way to go man. Go get Them!!!🤺🤺🤺

  • Thats a good move Mr Lawyer. I am 100% behind you

  • Kumakinidza hakubhadhare .Bond rakajamukwa imi nembunyikidzo dzakasangana nenhema mukati i1:1 hezvo vanoziva voramba manyepo enyu.

  • Or else give Kwese licence muone competition

  • To hell with this DSTV company. Why should they demand astronomical conditions in Zimbabwe? This utter madness just closing the door to the majority ordinary Zimbabweans. Why not cancel their licence. Where is BAZ? This is unilateral declaration and infringement of our rights. Hail to you who is fighting for equality and justification. Zvanyanya

  • Gvt to blame on this they have allowed citizens to be abused. The last time i checked the bond was equal to the dollar by law . How come we are buying the dollar at a higher price than bond vise vesa. How come some buisnesses are refusing the bond in broad day light when it is a legal tender . Its not about dstv but the whole system of govenance. Last time i could not buy fuel cause i had bonds what nonsence. You have banks which have no money and people outside selling cash. It only happens in zim. Is the gvt involved in these shaddy deal????

  • Ko yenyu dstv makairamba wani kwese….dstv pay for the content to providers who are all over the world and they need currency which can be moved to pay these providers. Dstv is just a platform not a producer of content. Hameno kuti zviri clear here izvozvo

    • Ukutambisa nguva madofo aya havazvinzwisise

    • I get your point, but chimbodiudzawo kuti pa era ye Zim Dollar vaizvigona sei?

      When it was still illegal to trade using foreign currency?

      Taibhadhara wani using Zim Dollar ivo vozoita maths dzavo votiunzira content.

    • Aah Frank ‘Jah Blek’ Jaji go back in memory dstv was one of the first companies to be allowed to charge USD after the hyperinflation became uncontrollable. I remember you had to take foreign currency to the bank and they pay 4 u. In most countries DSTV is paid by USD not only Zim

    • I agree that we cannot allow DSTV to suffer for the country’s problems, but they are also part of the problem, same bracket with those Ecocash agents selling cash, passing the buck on where they source the cash, alleging they also buy it. So the chain will never break.

  • Monopoly destroys the community as wel as the economy. Can we have more players like Kwese.Understandbly there is bad blood between Strive and the government which emanated from awarding Econet licence to Masiyiwa til he got it first from a foreign land ,Botswana to be specific.Now Kwese TV is showing in Botswana.

  • Ko iyo mariyacho ikumbotengeserwei

  • Wagona Hama yangu

  • ZBCTV is the best alternative kwaa

  • Dstv ndoyadii.ko varikutengesa mari pese pese vakapiwa nani malicences.

  • Thank u so much Mr Lawyer, they shldnt operate here kana vasingase bond,,,
    I hope they’re paying their staff with US$ in cash

  • Better for them to pack their bags and vamoss

  • He should rather have sued the RBZ for not giving our banks cash, causing people to sleep in queues. All Telegraphic Transfers have been stopped and traders are improvising their own ways in order to survive. It has become a dog eat dog situation and it is getting out of hand but suprisingly you find illegal forex traders with hoards of cash and you wonder where they get it. This lawyer has midsdirected his efforts and resources.

  • Zanu gvt should just licence kwese tv and spare us the headaches

  • Vakutionesera vanhu ava

  • thanks mr lawyer multichoice must operate within the confines of Zimbabwe laws what’s so special about multichoice when even fuel is being paid for with bond notes,ecocash,swipe

  • Multichoice haibate cash, so mabanks ndioanofanirwa kuendeswa kucourt bcz paitaurwa the introduction of bond notes they were there, without looking at the broader picture

  • To hell DSTV munoramba mabond endai kuMzansi kwenyu ma Us dollars acho tomawana kupi?

  • Mambo

    Thank you!

  • Good move Mr Lawyer

  • Competition is the only solution to our problems.

  • yes, magona mukoma to stand up for ordinary Zimbabwean citizens. They should accept our local currency not to mistreat people, asking for US dollars which are no where to be found

  • to hell with Dstv, KWESE is taking over now, full bouquet renyu re 70 rinenge rapa35 kuKwese

    • pakaipa

    • competition.yakadonhedza Nokia over Samsung yasvika.muberere

    • My friend bouquet re 70 zvinhu ke 35 ke kwese hapana zviripo besides what’s is happening in this country it’s not dstv’s problem.There are not the only ones doing this but many are doing it

  • Fire this company
    hope they not externalizing money
    monopoly distroying us
    Kwese T v welcome

  • vashandi veEconet
    Vanoita zveEcocash
    are spear heading selling of cash.
    Econet whip these your agents into line
    vakutibira nechi agent
    chenyu.

    Hope kwese tv haizodaro wo

  • Kwese is coming to boot them out.

  • Kwasara vema ecocash vamwe vakatotenga misoro yezvitima

    • Ehe zvirikurwadza kamari katirikuwana it’s from hand to mouth 60% ndeya agent we ecocash.! Zvakaoma varume ukasadaro hauna chauchawana

    • 40% ndoyako yawakashanda mwedzi wose

  • 20% vakomana haisi yekutamba nayo dai zvaibvira vatovhara havo tongoziva kuti hatina ecocash tongotambura pamwechete kwete zvekushandira vanhu

    • Taura hakozvakaoma hamenokuti tinosvika kupi tichishanda kamari kashoma katirikuwa hand to mouth 60% ndeye agent we ecocash zvirikurwadza

  • ndakambobvunza kubank kwanda bhadharira DSTV last month kuti zviri kufamba sei izvi zvekuti murikuda ma US $ vakati tirikudzinga ma castomer eDSTV kuti vatsvagirwe method yekubhadhara nayo kwavo pane kuti netsesa kuno isu tisina edu macustomer…saka zvimwe zvirikukonzereswa nevemabank futi zvekuti vanoda ma US

  • Switch to Kwese Tv

  • Kana kuchivhatisa futi chi company chacho

  • Ecocash haibude coz Strive anotoda muite frustration mosiya dstv yacho

  • Welcome KWESE.

  • ndidzo mhando dzemagweta dzatinoda idzi big up

  • This doesn’t even need to go to court. It should be an automatic acceptance to all business players. Business operators can not introduce their own sub negative policies opposed to the norm. If they don’t want to abide by the normal business practices they are free to fold up operations. Actually, the RBZ should intervene and crack the whip.

  • In Zambia they subscribe using kwacha!

  • In Zambia they subscribe using kwacha!

  • In Zambia they subscribe using kwacha!

  • Update : third paragraph
    Udo Udoma is the last speaker in this video. His sense, is it not enough to tell Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and Gov. Ambode that apart from returning our investments, we deserve an apology from Lagos State and Federal Government for harming our company and our family through institutions from 2005 till date. How can foreign investors take them seriously that they will try and make things easy, if they cannot tender common apology to a Nigerian/Japanese investor with multiple reputation, Anacho with his family, who they have roughly offended. What guarantee is there that the people I’ve mentioned below will not use the investor’s name to collect GT Bank suicide loan and murder the investor? They can hide but the scenario of how they used our company’s name cannot be hidden.

    On a serious note, Nickolas Ukachukwu, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil, Innoson and Udo Udoma with his three/four State brothers in the Police whom I am sure will deny him, and the head of Lagos DPP with Magistrate P A Adekomaya, and Frank who lived in his own house in our Raji Rasaki Estate, and Fadipe R I of Lagos State Fire Service; if Pres. Buhari can put us in an open live court, we have exhibits and witnesses against them that can put some of them in life jail or them losing their lives for the horror and taboo they did to us. We have never fallen into their numerous traps. We strongly defend Federal Government interests in all our dealings. Words must reflect the actions people take.

    Nigerian Customs stole and released an empty container of our brand’s motorcycle in 2005, Police indicted them for conspiracy and stealing. We filed a civil suit, no. FHC/L/CS/388/2007. It is more than two years since President Buhari’s government has been in power; and still allowed the judge and the lawyers to continue their insults, humiliation, injustice and starvation against an investor, instead of an order for a rapid trial. To harden the continuation of injury the government dissolved the Nigerian Customs Board, which is among the defendants, on July 16, 2015. The busy-body ministers say they are making things easier for investors, or are they actually sinking the investors?

    Kindly read full details or watch the video in our page Anacho Nnojap by clicking on the URL for Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and great Trump and all high authorities. http://www.facebook.com/anachonnojap

  • Update : third paragraph
    Udo Udoma is the last speaker in this video. His sense, is it not enough to tell Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and Gov. Ambode that apart from returning our investments, we deserve an apology from Lagos State and Federal Government for harming our company and our family through institutions from 2005 till date. How can foreign investors take them seriously that they will try and make things easy, if they cannot tender common apology to a Nigerian/Japanese investor with multiple reputation, Anacho with his family, who they have roughly offended. What guarantee is there that the people I’ve mentioned below will not use the investor’s name to collect GT Bank suicide loan and murder the investor? They can hide but the scenario of how they used our company’s name cannot be hidden.

    On a serious note, Nickolas Ukachukwu, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil, Innoson and Udo Udoma with his three/four State brothers in the Police whom I am sure will deny him, and the head of Lagos DPP with Magistrate P A Adekomaya, and Frank who lived in his own house in our Raji Rasaki Estate, and Fadipe R I of Lagos State Fire Service; if Pres. Buhari can put us in an open live court, we have exhibits and witnesses against them that can put some of them in life jail or them losing their lives for the horror and taboo they did to us. We have never fallen into their numerous traps. We strongly defend Federal Government interests in all our dealings. Words must reflect the actions people take.

    Nigerian Customs stole and released an empty container of our brand’s motorcycle in 2005, Police indicted them for conspiracy and stealing. We filed a civil suit, no. FHC/L/CS/388/2007. It is more than two years since President Buhari’s government has been in power; and still allowed the judge and the lawyers to continue their insults, humiliation, injustice and starvation against an investor, instead of an order for a rapid trial. To harden the continuation of injury the government dissolved the Nigerian Customs Board, which is among the defendants, on July 16, 2015. The busy-body ministers say they are making things easier for investors, or are they actually sinking the investors?

    Kindly read full details or watch the video in our page Anacho Nnojap by clicking on the URL for Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and great Trump and all high authorities. http://www.facebook.com/anachonnojap

  • Update : third paragraph
    Udo Udoma is the last speaker in this video. His sense, is it not enough to tell Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and Gov. Ambode that apart from returning our investments, we deserve an apology from Lagos State and Federal Government for harming our company and our family through institutions from 2005 till date. How can foreign investors take them seriously that they will try and make things easy, if they cannot tender common apology to a Nigerian/Japanese investor with multiple reputation, Anacho with his family, who they have roughly offended. What guarantee is there that the people I’ve mentioned below will not use the investor’s name to collect GT Bank suicide loan and murder the investor? They can hide but the scenario of how they used our company’s name cannot be hidden.

    On a serious note, Nickolas Ukachukwu, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil, Innoson and Udo Udoma with his three/four State brothers in the Police whom I am sure will deny him, and the head of Lagos DPP with Magistrate P A Adekomaya, and Frank who lived in his own house in our Raji Rasaki Estate, and Fadipe R I of Lagos State Fire Service; if Pres. Buhari can put us in an open live court, we have exhibits and witnesses against them that can put some of them in life jail or them losing their lives for the horror and taboo they did to us. We have never fallen into their numerous traps. We strongly defend Federal Government interests in all our dealings. Words must reflect the actions people take.

    Nigerian Customs stole and released an empty container of our brand’s motorcycle in 2005, Police indicted them for conspiracy and stealing. We filed a civil suit, no. FHC/L/CS/388/2007. It is more than two years since President Buhari’s government has been in power; and still allowed the judge and the lawyers to continue their insults, humiliation, injustice and starvation against an investor, instead of an order for a rapid trial. To harden the continuation of injury the government dissolved the Nigerian Customs Board, which is among the defendants, on July 16, 2015. The busy-body ministers say they are making things easier for investors, or are they actually sinking the investors?

    Kindly read full details or watch the video in our page Anacho Nnojap by clicking on the URL for Pres. Buhari/Osinbajo and great Trump and all high authorities. http://www.facebook.com/anachonnojap

  • Root cause analysis……. Zvatangira poyi?

  • kana zvichinetsa let them pack and go isu hatina kukura tichiona dstv taiona mvengemvenge zvichitofaya apa tatoisuwa

  • Welcome kwese.

  • Ngavaende ngavaende