Doves in trouble over radio stations


DOVES Funeral Service in Victoria Falls was last week arraigned before the Magistrates’ Courts for possessing two base set radio stations without a valid licence.

Ruth Ngwenya
Own Correspondent

The funeral company, which was represented by Brian Vito, appeared before magistrate Sharon Rosemani facing charges of operating radio stations without a licence as outlined in the Postal and Telecommunications Act.

In defence of the organisation, Vito said the radios had not been used in years.

“We use the radios to communicate with our drivers from the office, but they are now old and we haven’t used them in years,” he said.

Vito said the company had no intention of using the radio equipment and wanted to dispose of it.

“We have other radio stations that we use and are licensed,” he argued.

It was the State’s case that on August 13 this year, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) representative, Mfundisi Moyo, visited the accused at 455 Industrial Site at the resort town.

Moyo discovered that the accused was in possession of two base set radio stations without a valid licence.

He gave the accused a seven-day service termination order and advised the company to apply for valid radio station licence. However, on October 21 when Moyo and Jemwa Chetere revisited the accused, they found them still in possession of the stations not having complied with the service termination order.