via ZBC workers vent Moyo fury at IMPI 17 July 2014
DISGRUNTLED Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) workers on Thursday walked out of a meeting called to discuss their plight in protest at the manner in which Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has handled their grievances.
The meeting was called by the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) which is visiting media houses country-wide to establish the state of the country’s information sector.
The meeting at ZBC’s Pockets Hill base in Harare’s Highlands reportedly lasted less than 10 minutes as it degenerated into a farce.
“The person who sent you is the author of our misery here, so go back and tell him that we want our salaries, otherwise we have nothing to say,” shouted one staffer.
Added another: “Everyone including the government knows our challenges so you are wasting our time coming here …
“Our studios have obsolete equipment yet we are threatened by our managers day and night. They expect us to deliver because they want to protect their jobs.”
“What’s the use of coming here when the minister has the forensic audit report in his office; he knows what is happening here so why do you waste your time?”
IMPI panellists who attended included Zimbabwe Union of Journalists secretary general Foster Dongozi and ZBC Head of Radio Services, Chris Chivinge.
The panel, which comprises more than 20 senior journalists and experts from other professions, was set up by Moyo to assess the state of the media in Zimbabwe with the aim of promoting and raising the principles and values of media practice.
But the group has recently come under fierce criticism from some Zanu PF MPs who say the project is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Moyo then revealed that the panel had a budget of US$1.6 million provided by treasury which will also see the group visit a number of neighbouring countries including Kenya and South Africa.