ZBC news bulletins boss suspended

via ZBC news bulletins boss suspended 23 June 2014

ZBC’s News Bulletins Manager, John Gambanga, has been suspended for 10 days without pay for allegedly failing to “put news on air on time”.
Gambanga was suspended last Friday.
The suspension letter, which was signed by Head of News and Current Affairs, Josephine Zulu, accused the veteran journalist of dereliction of duty after he failed to “put news (bulletins) on air on time” adding on “certain dates the 23:00hrs news bulletins failed to materialise”.

Zulu accused Gambanga of failing to ensure news was broadcast on time during the Zimbabwe Trade Fair in April.
He was also accused him of making unilateral decisions without first consulting the head of news and current affairs.
The state-controlled broadcaster flights three bulletins – Lunch-time News, News Hour at 8pm and the Late Night News Bulletin at 23.00hrs.

Gambanga was suspended during a meeting that was attended by Head of Administration, Bernania Shumba, Head of Radio Services, Chris Chivinge, Head Television Production, Clifford Mufiri, Head Human Resources, Bright Marerwa and members of the workers’ committee.

Gambanga’s suspension comes a few months after the ZBC’s General Manager responsible for news and current affairs, Tazzen Mandizvidza, told the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services that the corporation was facing a serious shortage of cameras and other broadcasting equipment.

Mandizvidza said they sometimes go through periods of “uncertainty”, unsure “whether they would be able to flight news owing to the unavailability of cameras and equipment”.

A member of the workers’ committee who attended the Friday meeting but preferred to remain anonymous said Gambanga defended himself arguing there was nothing he could do under the circumstances because of the obsolete equipment.

He said Gambanga is a victim of the factional politics within the ruling Zanu PF government that have spilled over to the state-run institutions.

“Gambanga is just being sacrified to appease certain people from the Ministry of Information and some political figures that are not happy with the way news bulletins are being handled at Pockets Hill,” he said.

“Reporters queue to edit their news clips using an outdated machine and sometimes the machine breaks down or it takes long to do its job. This delays the whole process.”

Both Gambanga and ZBC’s Public Relations Manager, Gladman Bandama, declined to comment.

Sources at ZBC said morale was at rock bottom with the 10 reporters based at the corporation’s Pockets Hill base using just two cameras for news gathering. The editing studio is also obsolete.

ZBC’s acting CEO, Allan Chiweshe, recently told staff that the corporation is planning to buy new equipment as soon as they get funds from the government.

But the serious cash flow problems at ZBC might see the state-broadcaster, which has been accused by opposition parties of churning out propaganda to prop up President Robert Mugabe’s government, of failing to meet its June 2015 digitalisation deadline.

Meanwhile, management at ZBC last Friday agreed to dismiss the corporation’s canteen manager, Gabriel Mudariki, after he was caught stealing sadza and beef stew three weeks ago.

Mudariki would buy a plate of sadza at the staff canteen for 0.50c and sell it for $2 to farmers at Boka Tobacco Auction Floors.


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    Zuwarabuda Nyamhute 8 years ago

    My Goodness, what a rot! This is the same ZBC that was awarding stratospheric salaries to Happyson Muchechetere and his thieving minions. And they have no proper cameras to prepare news! What a circus!

    Hey, where is this country going, with all this mafia-style looting? And why aren’t we doing something about this?

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    petal 8 years ago

    Thats where the money has gone to hefty salaries and they are allowed scotfree
    The cameras were probabley taken by someone and resold!

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    Angela Wigmore 8 years ago

    Poor Gabriel Mudariki probably hadn’t been paid for months!! Perhaps what he did wasn’t strictly above-board but he did pay the going rate for a plate of sadza & stew!

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    They supped with Moyo. No sympathy from me.

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    mutakura 8 years ago

    Poor mudariki! Only trying to survive

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    I can remember still the old RTV. The people and Tech’s from those days are now at the tops of their professions in Television news around the world, Europe, UK and the US. How did this bunch of illiterate, unprofessional Charlatans get these jobs. Heads are falling just because of Moyo’s problems and he now needs to show Mugabe he is the right man, otherwise this bunch would carry on as before.

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      Petal 8 years ago

      This is the place where you have to know someone or rub shoulders with someone in a position to get a job- its not what you know it all abut WHO you know !

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    Don Cox 8 years ago

    They should be able to use phones as cameras. It is the editing computers that are the real problem.

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    Poor John! I guess the old man’s plot still exists in Karuyana, go back and have a go at agriculture.

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    Kondo 8 years ago

    Fellow Countrymen! Where is this country going? How are we going to stop this rot?

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    todii zvazvo 8 years ago

    They are all authors of Baba Jukwa and Amai Jukwa, Kindly arrest the suckers, I even wonder why these guys wants to stick to their low paying jobs despite being so grossly victimised.siyanai nazvo mutsvage rimwe basa, just because u are part of the looters, and when u are told your time is up then u shed croco tears.