Govt slashes ZBC salaries

HARARE - Government will slash the salaries of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)  employees, because the wage bill was unsustainable, a top government official said yesterday.

Salaries for all employees at the State-run broadcaster will immediately revert back to those approved by the ZBC Board in 2010, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo told a news conference at Munhumutapa Building, the citadel of government power, in Harare yesterday.

Moyo said the current salaries at the State broadcaster were single-handedly approved by embattled former board chairperson Cuthbert Dube without the knowledge of the board.

Moyo said attempts by Dube’s board to justify their obscene salaries by illegally awarding workers at all levels a 100 percent increment, distorted ZBC’s salary structure which has led it into insolvency.

He said there was evidence of criminal abuse of funds at the national broadcaster which could see some employees being criminally charged after a forensic audit.

“In view of these anomalies, particularly the fact that the current salaries at ZBC were not approved by the board, it is necessary for ZBC to now revert with immediate effect to the salaries that were approved by the board for all staff levels in 2010,” Moyo said.

He said there was “prima facie evidence of abuse” at ZBC and that there has to be a link between what the broadcaster’s employees earn and what they produce.

“People don’t seem to have a realistic well-grounded value of the American dollar. These salaries (2010) are well within the current cost of living.

“So it is in this context that the unprocedural manner in which salary increments have been effected at ZBC is not different from theft by conversion,” he said.

Moyo also said government, through Treasury, had settled the outstanding salaries of the general staff as well as managers and heads of department.

He, however, said there were some unresolved issues around the salaries of executive staff and part time workers.

Moyo said the State broadcaster had been prejudiced through double dipping as some employees had contracts both as full time and part time workers.

“Furthermore, there are salary claims for 99 students who were said to be on attachment that require verification before payment,” Moyo said.

“Some 85 full time workers were also paid as part time workers. No employee can be full time and part time at one and the same time.

“Accordingly, the amounts which these employees were overpaid shall be recovered from their next pay,” Moyo told the news conference.

He said owing to corruption-induced insolvency, ZBC was no longer able to meet financial obligations “let alone afford its uneconomic wage bill”.

Workers at the insolvent public broadcaster have not been paid for up to seven months.

On the impending forensic audit, Moyo said the tender process for selecting independent auditors by the Comptroller and Auditor General is almost complete and will start next month.

The minister said a new ZBC board would be appointed soon with benefit from the findings of the forensic and turnaround audit.

Moyo was forced to dismiss the entire ZBC board and send the chief executive Happison Muchechetere home on forced leave after he failed to draft a turnaround strategy for the corporation after being given an ultimatum.

Muchechetere was reportedly taking home a package of up to $40 000 from a company whose monthly revenues top $275 000 per month, against a budget of $2,3 million of which $1,6 million should go to salaries.

Comments (19)

“So it is in this context that the unprocedural manner in which salary increments have been effected at ZBC is not different from theft by conversion,” This is what we want to hear from the govt. What is happening at ZBC, PSMAS, City of Harare and other entities still to unravel is clear fraud. These people have to be locked up to understand you cannot get away with daylight robbery. The only problem for Moyo and govt is that these scandals involve a lot of senior ZanuPF chefs and therein lies the problem. Mugabe is too old to start a clean up operation of this nature because he also has dirty hands. We shall see

Mamvemve - 30 January 2014

Can someone also reveal what is happening at NetOne in terms of Executive Salaries and Perks please??? I bet there is nothing good coming out of that institution.

Chris - 30 January 2014

i will never pay Radio and Tv licences

kkkkk - 30 January 2014

Thank you Prof for the hard work. Keep it up.

mapungubwe dundilabazwele - 30 January 2014

chakaipa chinozobuda chete .....thats why ndisingabhadhare RADIO & TV licences

madzimai - 30 January 2014

we need to know the fate of the top brass. amazing that the then minister didn't know anything about the salary structure of this parastatal. Such confession of ignorance is un heard of.

wakaah - 30 January 2014

its not fair to cut for every employee I think those down the food chain will be most affected as they were not getting anything now to cut soon after being paid will put them back in the same state paita kutonga nedemo apa.

tawa - 30 January 2014

@Tawa hapana kutonga nedemo the minister said these will be deducted from those who were being paid twice. If you get paid twice and keep quite by conversion it amounts to theft thereby putting you in the same group with Muchechetere and Dube. As for cleaning the mess this gonna be difficult because as I know Kasu is not a small boy who can be tossed around by the small Moyo. This really needed Mugabe but now Mugabe's own hands are not cleaning especially with the recent revelations that he bought a house for his daughter in Hong Kong using state funds. We will wait and see what happens.

Exiled - 30 January 2014

We might actually have a presidential material in Jonathan Moyo. His actions are based on facts, and not speculation. This is a serious case and there should be far reaching investigations, across the entire public sector. The wages were just ridiculous.

george bachinche - 30 January 2014

Hanzi Muchechetere is on "forced but paid leave", why the hell the guy gotta be paid for? Paying a fraudster on forced leave only tells you he's not gonna rot in there. Craving Justice? I'd say yawn!

Mafiratruth - 31 January 2014

And then you put the blame on sanctions!!!!!!!!!! nxaaaa

matamba - 31 January 2014

Would like to know what the salary scale was back in 2010, as the starting point at dollarization stage was already too high for some of these parastatals

Mubatiwehomwe - 31 January 2014

jonathan is now enjoying this when people start praising him for the mess he caused so that he corrects it and people praise him. referee and a player. poor zimbambweans.

zim - 31 January 2014

The people involved are pure zanu pf and some with strong political connectsions thus why nothing seem to happen beyond newspaper headlines. mugabe the president is the biggest let down for our nation. Moyo would not solve this problem alone

frank - 31 January 2014

There is need for a thorough audit of all parastatals in Zimbabwe. I am sure that abuse of funds is quite prevalent and is now akin to lawlessness. Our institutions that play an oversight role are nit doing their job or are themselves benefitting. Start with the State Procurement Board and ZESA. Someone should be held accountable for this.

transparent - 31 January 2014

There is need for a thorough audit of all parastatals in Zimbabwe. I am sure that abuse of funds is quite prevalent and is now akin to lawlessness. Our institutions that play an oversight role are nit doing their job or are themselves benefitting. Start with the State Procurement Board and ZESA. Someone should be held accountable for this.

transparent - 31 January 2014

Saka mashefu ose iwawa aingoita jema newadya achiziva zvavo kuti vagere mushe. They should pay back every single cent.These are public funds

Charles Moyo - 31 January 2014

i used to hate this j moyo guy but he is proving to have the mantle to take the rot in this country head on. where are the other ministers? go on moyo, yu have my support otherwise the country will be brought down to its knees.

jonso - 31 January 2014

jonathan moyo caused all this mess in 2002, now he is correcting it causing another mess, to say he is of presidential calibre we will be fluttering this guy. he takes actions without proper research especially on what will happen when you reduce someone from a paltry $500 to $180 when this person was paying medical aids whose figures are not slashed, rentals,rates, guys lets be realistic what needs to be done at zbc is to correct the overall zbc structure, salary grading system, surely we can not have a chief cook,transport officer, chief cameraman, chief technical operator at zbc earning the same amount as chief engineer,secretary for a manager earning more money than a producer "vakomana, kuitawo here ikoko kasi pane zvavari kupa mamanagers zvisisiri zvebasa" just because they are related to the bosses. prof jons is educated he should look into this and adjust. furthermore, if you slash salaries for already lowly paid educated guys at that institute they will simply go, this may take some time but they will eventually go for greener pastures. remember the 2002 tv and radio picture/audio quality otherwise what you are doing on other issues i salute you. before i sign off prof , there was never a 100% increment between 2010-2014 even added together. its so pathetic to work for zbc.

isaac - 1 February 2014

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