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Constitutional court in landmark ruling on ZBC licenses


Constitutional court in landmark ruling on ZBC licenses

Source: NewsDay Zimbabwe

 

The Constitutional Court has delivered a landmark ruling on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services (Zbc) licensing saga ordering every citizen to pay the broadcaster’s license fees irrespective of the service provider one may select to use.

The court ruled that citizens were not being asked to pay for the services provided for by Zbc but the legislature came up with the law compelling all citizens possessing gadgets capable of receiving radio and television signals, to pay tax for possessing such gadgets.

The judgment was delivered in a matter involving Bernard Wekare and Musangano Lodge who were both challenging the compulsory payment of Zbc licenses arguing it was in violation of the country’s Constitution since citizens were being forced to pay for services they did not want to watch or listen to.