Heads roll in ZBC shake-up

via Heads roll in ZBC shake-up | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda  November 15, 2013

There was an air of uncertainty at the ZBC’s Pockets Hill on Friday as the future of its chief executive officer Happison Muchechetere hung in the balance, after the government sent him on forced leave and sacked the entire board.

A statement released by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo on Thursday night said: ‘It was common cause that the ZBC has been facing critical leadership and managerial challenges that have not only compromised the national broadcaster’s capacity to effectively and meaningfully discharge its broadcasting mandate but which have also affected the welfare interests of its employees.’

SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that Dr Millicent Mombeshora, formerly known as Millicent Buzuzi, a former DJ and head of Radio 3, is heavily tipped to take over from Muchechetere. She is currently the head of strategic planning and special projects at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and is also a commissioner on the Zimbabwe Media Commission.

While Moyo may have been forced to take drastic action against the board and the CEO, because the corporation has failed to pay its workers for seven months now, the general rot at the ZBC left him with no option but to take action.

Under Muchechetere’s tenure the management, staffing, financial and editorial crises have escalated and the quality of programming on both radio and TV has failed to attract advertisers, the major source of income.

Viewers fled the ZBC in droves, tuning-in instead to DSTV, because of its kamikaze policy to as act as a propaganda tool for ZANU PF churning out biased and untruthful programs.

While the corporation stands accused of failing to pay its workers, management were paying themselves hefty packages, allowances and using top of the range vehicles.

Settlement Chikwinya, the MDC-T MP for Mbizo in KweKwe and former chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology, said changes at ZBC were long overdue.

The legislator said they’ve always complained about the state broadcaster’s political bias in its coverage of events in the country, adding that the ZBC had a duty to foster multiparty democracy and to equitably air all sides of an issue.

Branded as a serial offender when it comes to bias in favour of ZANU PF, Chikwinya said the ZBC is an important part of the country’s media and it is absolutely imperative that it should be publicly accountable and have editorial independence.

Unfortunately with a lack of political will to turn ZBC into a genuine public broadcaster, it’s unlikely any changes will stop it being anything other than a propaganda tool for ZANU PF.

 

COMMENTS

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    Washumba 8 years ago

    Kkkkkkkkkkk 7months no pay and people are still reporting for work this is a miracle.

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      Sabhuku 8 years ago

      the thing is workers in Zimbabwe’s parastatals are stealing from these entities. I can’t even afford to come to work if I miss a month’s pay because I survive on my pay cheque

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    msizeni silwelani 8 years ago

    Wish the whole thing was taken off air. Seven months without a salary? Still working? And think those guys are stupid?

    However one thing for sure is that Moyo will always want to surround himself with politically correct staff.

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Covering up the charade wont get you anyway Moyo. We can see right through you, you pimple.

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    Chatunga 8 years ago

    Kkkijiki ZBC had became a milk cow for top managers with female DJs sexually abused willy nilly despite its nuseating unballanced political programming which the very proffessor initiated then as minister of infomation before Tsholotsho declaration

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    thank u so much prof for your broadmindedness. if all ministers in all ministries could be that visionary, the country would be a heaven on earth.

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    GoFaith 8 years ago

    lets wait and see if new board and management (to be) will steer to parastatal to new heights acceptable to general populace (viewers/ listener) and also be able to attract advertisers to generate income for pauper workers

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    Chara 8 years ago

    Who is fooling who , ZBC is unattractive because of the Hondo yeminda type of programmes initiated by Jonothing Moyo when he was first appointed Junior Minister of information.He is trying to dig rivers in order to build bridges.

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    Jobs for the boys. Who cares

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    Even the spokesperson there is corrupted.He must leave as well

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    Jogo Bonita 8 years ago

    Tafataona Mahoso for CEO.