ZBC probe must be thorough

HARARE - Workers at the scandal-hit Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) must be a happy lot now that they have finally received their salaries after a seven-month delay.

While the restoration of salaries should be a cause for celebration, this must not delude Zimbabweans into believing that all is now well at the perennially bankrupt national broadcaster.

The payment of the salaries, which was obviously the most urgent matter for Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo at ZBC, must be the first step towards unravelling how the national broadcaster has been abused over and over again without let up.

Zimbabweans deserve a thorough report on how ghost workers found themselves on the payroll.

Even more importantly, the culprits who milked ZBC must not only be unmasked but made to pay back thousands of dollars they fleeced the Zimbabwean taxpayer.

The ongoing probe at the national broadcaster must also thoroughly investigate claims that some senior government officials turned a blind eye to the looting because they were also benefiting from the rot.

It is alleged these government officials illegitimately accessed free fuel at the national broadcaster.

If indeed this is true, this could explain why government allowed suspended ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere and other top executives to reward themselves hefty salaries while workers went unpaid for close to a year.

It is important to establish if the ZBC board headed by Cuthbert Dube approved the obscene salaries received by Muchechetere and company.

Did they have ministerial approval?

If government was totally unaware of the salaries and perks, then we have every reason to believe that there is inadequate policing and an oversight on expenditure in parastatals like ZBC.

The solution to this madness that has been allowed to reign supreme at ZBC is to bring professionalism into the way the national broadcaster is run.

The time has come for ZBC to realise that its real masters are listeners and viewers and not politicians.
Radio listeners and television viewers do not owe ZBC anything.

The national broadcaster must not expect radio listeners and television viewers to pay licence fees while serving them pure hogwash.

If ZBC persists with its negative attitude, viewership and listenership will continue to plummet.

It is also critical for government to stop once and for all, the culture that has allowed successive Media, Information and Broadcasting Services ministers to appoint their lackeys at ZBC so as to further their own personal interests.

These questionable appointments have clearly made the once proud national broadcaster deteriorate to the current disturbing levels.

Comments (8)

Ya, thorough report that explains why former Minister was bought a V8 by the ZBC

Observer - 9 January 2014

This is a probe that was intiated by Minister Jonathan Moyo. Now you want to set the terms of reference of that probe! Who do you think you are? I think we need to remind you that you a holders of mere diplomas in journalism from the harare polytechnic! If you were practicing real journalism you should have unearthed this mess before Moyo came in. But alas, you were busy campaigning and acting as brand managers for the MDC-T. Shame on you.

godfrey gudo - 9 January 2014

Why not focus on issues?does it really matter whether one is mdc,zapu or zanu ndoga?if its for the good Of everyone,why not?we should stop .politicizing everything.the govt of the day must be accountable to everyone including opposition supporters too.some people don't know the difference btw a political party and a govt

bmash - 9 January 2014

Why not focus on issues?does it really matter whether one is mdc,zapu or zanu ndoga?if its for the good Of everyone,why not?we should stop .politicizing everything.the govt of the day must be accountable to everyone including opposition supporters too.some people don't know the difference btw a political party and a govt

bmash - 9 January 2014

Insulting this paper does not make any sense to say the paper is being run by journalist holding harare poly tec diplomas is being childish and old fashioned . ZBC has been run down by masters degree holders like Mandidzidza . The daily news is always the first to be sold out in streets why ? Bcoz of the quality news they dish out to the public. You can be educated but being stupid at the same time . This country was destroyed by educated idiots .Rhodisia was run by less educated but intelligent people and their economy was one of the best in the world.

Dibulaanyika - 9 January 2014

How most appropriate that @Godfrey Gudo's surname above derives from a fairly simple-minded primate - a baboon! Honestly, how else does one engage with this simpleton?

Kumbirai - 10 January 2014

@Kumbirai wandiuraya nekuseka. Kkkkkkkk!

Terrence - 10 January 2014

its not only zbc but all parastals and universities. what is happening at GZU is really shocking. The VC has publicly announced that vanoita kuda kwake ndivo vachadya nhaka yeGZU. There is massive looting pliz send in anti corruption unit and auditors and yu will be shocked

mudyiwa - 10 January 2014

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