'ZBC boss not qualified for CEO job'

HARARE - George Charamba, the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services ministry permanent secretary,  has said former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief executive Happison Muchechetere was not qualified for the job.

Charamba told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology chaired by William Dewa, that he had personally protested Muchechetere’s suitability for the highly demanding job. 

Charamba was responding to questions from the committee which was keen to find out who had approved hefty perks for the ex-ZBC boss and other senior managers at Pockets Hill at a time workers had gone for seven months without salaries.

“The incumbent was not fit to be where he was as he was an editor,” Charamba told the lawmakers. 

“I wrote to the former minister Webster Shamu a damming report about him. I fell short of letting him know that he was not qualified. However, there was a lot of shadow boxing on the matter. Because of the inclusive government, it got us to be defensive about the ZBC.”

Muchechetere, who is currently on forced suspension, earned $27 000 plus a range of perks including
$3 000 in allowances for housing, $2 500 allowance, $3 000 for home entertainment, unlimited business entertainment allowance among other perks.

Charamba denied that his ministry had approved Muchechetere’s hefty package.

“There was no reference to the parent ministry and we had no communication from the ZBC board that it had proposed to pay managers hefty salaries,” Charamba said.

“We had no evidence that the board had accepted that salary. We have discovered that these salaries were either awarded arbitrarily by the CEO himself and his junior managers or could have been agreed with one board member.”

Charamba said they have agreed to pay a flat fee to the suspended managers and has also cleared the outstanding salaries owed to workers amounting to $4, 6 million.

He said there were some workers who had not received their money since they had no contracts with ZBC and were not reporting for duty.

Comments (25)

is this surprising at all?

Ho Nhai - 16 January 2014

This is a conspiracy and CHARAMBA is part of it.

Mukanya - 16 January 2014

its too let to try expose someone when he is already exposed. otherwise you are part of the game

HONA - 16 January 2014

pwetere pwetere...

Emily - 16 January 2014

we now wonder how many of these unqualified persons heading other parastatals ,hey ma1.

Chaitichouya Chikopokopo - 16 January 2014

Today some of you in government insult Mr Muchetetere and you forget that he did a good job before, during and soon after the elections, in defefending the party's position using ZBC. Who is going to clean his name for the stgima of being viewd as a partisan ZBC?

mapungubwe dundilabazwele - 16 January 2014

how can people work for zbc without contracts and not coming to work. are these not GHOST WORKERS?

toots - 16 January 2014

toots wakapenga ghost workers shuwa

maninja - 16 January 2014

surely u dont need to ignore some of the facts here, "people worked for ZBC without contacts and were not reporting for duty" wht kind of people were they kikikikkk amanaka nyika inganake shuwa???

maninja - 16 January 2014

BANANA REPUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

connie - 16 January 2014

"Et tut Brutus, Et tut Charamba," "And you too Charamba," Muchechetere seems to be saying at this seemingly betrayal by his erstwhile comrades including Charamba. George was part of the game but iko zvino ava kuyanika Happison pachena, inonzi Zanu iyoyo itamba wakachenjera. Chete vana CDE Tangeneropa you have the experience from the days of ZIPA rebellion and the subsequent chikarabotso.

CDE churucheminzwa - 16 January 2014

Who hired Muchechetere? The dude didnt impose himself on ZBC. He was hired in 2009, 4 full years on the job. And only now Charamba aku wawata kuti he was not qualified in the first place. Tibvire kumhepo apa

zvikombo - 16 January 2014

maakuona hu unqualified after munhu ave ne 4 years achitambira 27 000.uuhhh hazvibatsiri.mese makafa

dicson hwata - 16 January 2014

From today onwards ngatichizive kuti ZBC was brought down by its greedy and incompetent management not sanctions. rwuyo rwemasanctions paZBC rwapera, Now lets move on to the next parastatal, possibly NRZ or Airzim tione kuti chiizve chakaitika, nechirikuitikako.

The truth shall set us free - 16 January 2014

He said there were some workers who had not received their money since they had no contracts with ZBC and were not reporting for duty - If there is no contract there are not workers. That is the reason these people are not reporting for duty

Mabhidingwane - 16 January 2014

makafanana mese ndozvamuri you all are not qualified for anything

sowhat - 16 January 2014

Nyika ino is like a ship with a rudder. hatina kwatiri kuenda. We are just blowing in the wind without a destination. What a waste of time. For those who can, its time to jump ship machinda.

Zvakapresser - 16 January 2014

hatisi pwere isu

joms - 16 January 2014

zvakangooma mufunge

ma1 - 17 January 2014

They are together in this never be fooled

chamanga - 17 January 2014

charamba says; "because of the inclusive government we ended up defending ZBC", meaning the guy knew about all this or what is he saying. inclusive yapinda papi pasalary iyoyi. hamunyari vakomana

snowden - 17 January 2014

"Because of the inclusive government we ended up defending ZBC" How many issues were twisted for the benefit of ZANU PF during the inclusive govt? Self destructive zpf

sjambok - 17 January 2014

"Because of the inclusive government we ended up defending ZBC" How many issues were twisted for the benefit of ZANU PF during the inclusive govt? Self destructive zpf

sjambok - 17 January 2014

Charamba was responsible for appointing Happison because they felt Henry had betrayed Zanu PF in the 2000 elections. They new that Happison was and editor not an administrator but they went ahead and appointed him. And Shamu was Minister for the past five years and he did not see the rot at ZBC? he is not worthy to be a minister he should resign.Kurumwa nechekuchera

Apostle - 17 January 2014

vakomana chokwadi hachiputsi ukama muchechetere was not qualified full stop, imi munoda kuti charamba ataure kuti vanga vasingawirirane na former minister here.

isaac - 18 January 2014

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