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Judgment reserved in ZBC licence saga

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THE Constitutional Court (ConCourt) yesterday reserved judgment in a matter where Harare West MP Jessie Majome (MDC-T) is challenging the constitutionality of compulsory payment of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) licences.

CHARLES LAITON
SENIOR COURT REPORTER

Majome approached the court seeking to enforce her rights after ZBC licence inspectors visited her home sometime in July last year whereupon they requested her to produce a TV licence. After failing to do so, Majome was then ordered to produce one within seven days or risk prosecution.

Majome’s lawyer Advocate Ray Goba told the full bench headed by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, that his client’s rights were being infringed by ZBC because of the compulsory buying of its licences.

Goba said ZBC was using its monopoly in the licensing of televisions and radios as a way of collecting cash from the public but at the same time failing to account for the collected cash.

The lawyer said ZBC was a private company and would continue to operate in that manner and as such was mandated to operate in terms of the regulations.

“Who is in charge of ZBC.Those who control it should find other means of funding it not to ask the public (through licences) because it is a private company,” Goba said.

After being asked by Justice Paddington Garwe whether Goba was saying the idea of having a public broadcaster was unacceptable, Goba said: “No, we are not saying that, that’s why the airwaves were opened and any broadcaster can still broadcast for the nation, but it must not be funded by the public.”

“The public should have a choice of selecting a broadcaster of their choice just like what happens with those that subscribe to DStv.”

Goba further said ZBC should encrypt its signal and make it available only to those that would have subscribed to watch it.
Responding to the application, ZBC’s lawyer Tazorora Musarurwa urged the court to dismiss Majome’s application saying she had approached the wrong court for recourse.

“The applicant [Majome] should not have approached this court as a court of first instance, this matter could have been taken to the High Court and be heard by a single judge,” Musarurwa said.

“This is a matter where oral evidence ought to have been led in order to consider such issues as encryptions that have been referred to and that cannot be done here.”

Musarurwa further said if Majome was not pleased by the manner ZBC was running its affairs, she was supposed to approach the relevant authorities and launch a complaint with them as opposed to approaching the ConCourt.

The other related matters involving Musangano Lodge, Benard Wekare and African Open Media Initiative were also heard. The three were represented by Advocate Thabani Mpofu and Advocate Webster Chinamora.

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41 COMMENTS

      • You are very right there Hacha. If you pay 10 dolaz, which happens to be the minimum DSTV subscription, you get Dead BC, sorry ZBC. And then you are forced to pay another 50 dolaz. Truly that double dipping and an unfair advantage, in fact its fraudulent taxing people twice for the same service, if at all Zbcs service is worhty the name. 50 dolaz to watch Mahoso and Mupepereki and other idiots!!!

      • GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this poor Zimbabwean became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap/old/broken houses in any town/location. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM, Wake up African people

    • GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap old and broken houses in whatever city/town/location. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM , Wake up African people

    • Lets not forget theres’ no Law in this little country, the court belongs to Zanu and Zanu to Chief Mugabe and he is the Law. If this money belongs to him then nothing will change,he won’t starve when he has ZBC.

  1. If ZBC encrypts its signals its a sure thing that no one will bother to subscribe can you see. Who bothers to watch such crap? ZBC should move with time, zvekurerwa izvi ngazvipere. It needs to move over and become a real commercial entity and not suck our blood for nothing.

    Programming yacko yakadhakwa futi.

  2. Mati madii zvenyu. Manje manje live coverage yesecond leg yaGrace and tinenge tichiitaridza futi kechipiri manheru kuitira vaya vanenge vaswera kumabasa! Hanti munofanirwa kuziva zvinenge zvaswera zvichiitwa naamai venyu? Zvakaipei; bhadharai!

    • Even if I pay the licence I do not watch ZBC, it is a mere waste of time! I do not have time to be watching RUBBISH! I do not have time to watch and listen to PROPAGANDA. The court should grant Majome’s request!!

  3. Majome is completely right. How can I pay a licence to ZBC for owning a Tv set? Moreover I watch DSTV and ZBC TV is among the channels I subscribed to Multi Choice. Is it not double payment? They should liase with Multi Choice and get their dues from there. Also they should encrypt their signal so that if you don’t pay, you will not get. On car radios as well, I personally listen to Zi FM and my discs then why should I pay ZBC? I am happy to subscribe to Zi fm. What about those who are accessing their radio stations and Tv through the phone are not they supposed to pay as well?

  4. 1 GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap old and broken houses in whatever city/town/location. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM , Wake up African people

  5. well said. how can I pay for ZBC licence to watch nonsense. nothing is interesting on that tv why monopolising the broadcast airwaves let other players join tisarudze tega zvatinoda

  6. I agree with all who said zbc should get their loyalties from Multichoice coz that is the provider of the signal that we are receiving on our TVs. No to ZBC collecting money directly from people.

    • GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. . See how this poor Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap/old/broken houses in any city/town/location. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM, Wake up African people

  7. well in this case the main issue is that zbc should not be the one collecting fees because that should be the responsibility of the Broadcasting authority who then uses that money or rather should use that money to develop the whole braodcasting fraternity not just ZBC, for investment in infrastructure etc.
    ZBC is no different from the other broadcaster.
    and they are right the signal should be encrypted. revenue for a broadcaster should come from other activities such as marketing and advertising not fees for liscencing.

    only in zimbabwe….. and you blame us in the diaspora for not coming back nhai Disgrace Mugevil

  8. Madness. ZBC close your rubbish and stop troubling us. We buy the TV sets in SA and we subscribe DSTV. We use no service of yours. We owe you nothing

  9. I agree with you sepela,do your own things with your family,don’t waste your time uchitarisa vanhu vakapfuma kudhara.

  10. It sure looks like Zimbabweans do not want to pay ZBC licenses. After all the laws are aligned with the new Constitution the licenses should be gone, otherwise we need another constitution.

  11. zbc inonyanya kubudisa zve zanupf chete so why us to pay licenses. Kana 1 chinonakidza ku zbc beside to listen useless issues dzana mahaso nana chivaura. woooo ka Richmond siakurima kupaparika zvisina maturo mukusapota zanupf asi kachinyimwa pay.

  12. Before I looked at the draft saying $8464 , I have faith …that…my friends brother was realey earning money parttime on their apple labtop. . there uncle started doing this 4 only about and recently took care of the dept on there appartment and got a gorgeous Lexus LS400 .

    more tips here,.,,,,, WORK4HOUR.cᵒm

  13. The DeadBC licensing staff are now piggy-backing the traffic cops at road blocks. Legally, the police at these road blocks cannot ask drivers for radio licences. I always refuse to pay and drive on. You cannot be arrested for not having a radio license, just as you cannot be arrested for not having a driving license.

  14. I will not buy a ZBC licence to listen to Grace spewing weevilian crap, or that thief Magaya ‘anointing’ aarrsshholles all night. No thanks. In fact, ZBC should apologise to its listeners for this rubbish.

  15. True. The police cannot ask you for a ZBC licence. This would be outside the provisions of the abroad Traffic Avt. They cannot arrest you for not having the bloody thing.

  16. 1GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this poor Zimbabwean became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap/old/broken houses in any town/location. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM, Wake up African people

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