ZBH managers' perks slashed by 40pc

HARARE - Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ management has resolved to slash their hefty salaries by almost half in order to address the adverse inequalities between shopfloor workers and management salaries.

Supa Mandiwanzira, deputy minister of minister, Information and Broadcasting Services, told a news conference at Pockets Hills in Harare that he was shocked by the astronomical salaries earned by top management, including the suspended chief executive officer Happison Muchechetere at a time workers were not getting paid. 

“The management itself has resolved to cut its salaries the executive by 40 percent, heads of departments 30 percent and managers by 20 percent,” Mandiwanzira said.

“It is quite shocking that for instance the CEO earns $27 000 plus, over and above that earns $3 000 in allowances for housing, $2 500 allowance, $3 000 for home entertainment, unlimited business entertainment allowance. The corporation must pay off his mortgage facility, must built a durawall (security wall), must built an entertainment section at his premises.”

Mandiwanzira also revealed that the ZBC boss was entitled to unlimited fuel per week, substantial amount for his domestic workers, unlimited air tickets to fly in the country with his immediate family among other shocking perks.

“And we think in the context of reducing the expenses of the corporation salaries must be cut and we are glad that management has already taken an initiative themselves to start cutting those salaries,” Mandiwanzira said.

“I must say that we are still where we were, ZBH has a lot of challenges and these challenges are urgent, they are reflected in the organisation’s failure to pay its workers for the past five or six months and the failure to meet some of its statutory obligations but we are as the ministry are delighted that we see some effort by management to try to put together a plan that will deal with some of these challenges,” Mandiwanzira told reporters.

“I mentioned that ZBC is unable to meet its salary obligations; they have an obligation of $2,4 million worth of salaries as well as other operational expenses (salaries are $1,6 million). The revenue they are getting is $275 000 per month on average. So it’s impossible to run a commercial institution under those circumstances. We are glad that management is attending to this seriously.”

Comments (18)

No wonder Muchechetere sang his voice hoarse for his supper. Shuwa murume ayimora uchi. Just imagine $40 000 pamwedzi woga woga varume vamwe vanhu vachidya nhoko dzezvironda. Look at Chiyangwa and Chombo's assets vakomana asi vamwe vanhu vachirara pasi pema bridge. Thats what we died for and our bones are scattered all over the country. Pamberi neJongwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 10 December 2013

No wonder Muchechetere sang his voice hoarse for his supper. Shuwa murume ayimora uchi. Just imagine $40 000 pamwedzi woga woga varume vamwe vanhu vachidya nhoko dzezvironda. Look at Chiyangwa and Chombo's assets vakomana asi vamwe vanhu vachirara pasi pema bridge. Thats what we died for and our bones are scattered all over the country. Pamberi neJongwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 10 December 2013

Mudyire waiitwa US dollar naMuchechetere Zim dollar rikazvinzwa haridi kufa rakadzoka zve.

General Pancho Villa - 10 December 2013

We need a person like Jonathan Moyo at all parastatals eg GMB where they are not getting there sallaries too. Please help woooo

Zvibatei - 10 December 2013

And you tell me to support zanu....hahahah kana I will never support tsvina yakadai....all of you knew what was happening pachibiwa mari makuda kunyepera kuita ma saint....its the same scenario na kumbirai kangai....maitodyawo mari na happison iyeye...thisvis evil at its best and may the lord have mercy on you when the time comes....I was actually crying kuti dzimwe mhuri dziri kutambura rimwe dafi ririkupihwa 2500 ya maid? Ahh

zany mboko - 10 December 2013

How anyone in his right senses will dream of sustaining such perks which even UK MPs and ministers are nowhere near a joke. Would any business survive when being looted in this manner. God save Zimbabwe.

Ziziharinanyanga - 10 December 2013

Where is the board in this equation? I thought executive salaries have to be approved by the board or its remuneration committee if there are sub-committees? Shockingly, the executive management decide on their own to cut their perks by 40%. Is it their mandate? Corporate governance is failing here. This is corporate fraud especially considering that the lower level staff have reportedly gone for months without being paid!

Gutsie - 11 December 2013

Eish man that was a lot of money bakiti,it is true that kakara kununa hudya kamwe veduweeeeeee

Believe McJoseph - 11 December 2013

Whilst we applaud the management's resolution to cut salaries by 20 - 40% a quick calculation tells me that the ZBC CEO will still earn $24k excluding other perks, a figure way too high for a non-performing parastatal like ZBC. Surely ZBC is like Siberia the infamous cold desert in Eastern Europe which is classified as "everyone knows where it is but noboby wants to go there". most viewers would rather fork out a minimum of $10 monthly for pay TV rather than $30 or so annual to watch the trash they churn out daily. The minister must peg a cap to the CEO's salary at no more that $10,000 and cut drastically the lavish perks then the rest will fall into place.

Chitoto Zvangu - 11 December 2013

these stolen monies must be recovered. why bother us asking us to pay excessive radio and tv licences. after all we hardly watch the national tv mainly because of poor programmes. shame on you happison or shall we rename sadson

nyarai - 11 December 2013

The big question is 'who the hell sanctioned this nonsense?' Where was the Minister? Board? Someone must be held accountable. Nxaa! But then this is Zim they always get away with it.

Mai Dudley - 11 December 2013

Ndokushanda uku. Muchechetere should just go! This is total maladministration. Hutsinye chaiho. These employees were being victmised and even fired for just protesting. So this was a ploy to silence them. Kakara kununa hudya kamwe chokwadi. R2500 for a maid??? Only God Knows if the said maid was getting that much. Puuu kuopfira mate muchechetere ukutu chaiyo satan anemuswe werata!

Takaz - 11 December 2013

Ko ku National Aids Council kwacho, Kunoda kuongororwa futi. Haiwa Parirenyantwa na Chimedza vari busy kutsvaga vanhu vane HIV ivo vasina mishonga yacho.

Maita Manyuka - 11 December 2013

is he competent enough to earn that much? there are 1000s of able guys to take zbc elsewhere at reasonable salary. why not make the perk performance based

aerlea - 11 December 2013

vadii vangounza vamwe vatungamiri vatsva ava vaenda kumba kana kune mamwe mapepa nhau kana kubato

shuus - 11 December 2013

Before all this Happison was a happyson achidya zvake mari vari pasi vachifa nenzara ,kwete nekuti havasevenzi asi kuti hapana pay.Sorry maningi Muchechetere idya nevana vako vevamwe havana basa.

chivadye - 11 December 2013

so i was correct by refusing to pay my licence. jonathan , please give me all the details before you ask me to pay my liecence next year

sammy - 11 December 2013

chitoto, who in that position even gets more than 5000 in the us or uk. 10000 is too much. and mai dudley, this is not zimbabwe this is zanu

sammy - 11 December 2013

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