Moyo shows the way

HARARE - Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo should be applauded for setting the pace by taking immediate and courageous action to reverse an appointment he had made.

Other ministers of lesser mettle would have shirked from remedying the potentially contagious flaw without batting an eyelid.

The immediate withdrawal of Dennis Magaya’s appointment as chairman of the embattled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board is a blue-chip example that other ministers should emulate if government is serious about tackling the rot that has gnawed most of its institutions to the core.

It gives the public the right cue and raises its confidence in the State leadership to know that among the current crop of ministers, there are some willing to correct their mistakes for national good than wait until indiscretions or imprudence begin to fester.

Obviously, it would profit the country if board appointments in quasi-governmental institutions are made with an unquestionably rigorous process that involves competent members of the Parliamentary Select Committees.

Government could also regulate on the maximum number of boards an individual can sit on for the sake of avoiding concomitant recycling of trite ideas and strategies by the same individuals from one board to the other.

Cumulative loss to individual greed impacts negatively on aspired national progress to prosperity.

Moyo’s commendable decision gives expressive meaning and credence to State’s intention to avoid mistakes it made in the past where integrity credentials or competency were subservient to political consideration as evidenced by George Charamba’s concession regarding suspended ZBC boss, Happison Muchechetere.

And all it requires for other ministers to emulate Moyo’s example is perform their duties in checking references and being conscientious about the due diligence process before making the appointments notwithstanding requisite competency to instil financial probity.

Due diligence typifies itself when Moyo belatedly interrogates his appointee’s credentials thus: “... of great concern to the ministry, it has since transpired that after designing a $25 million new strategy for Powertel, the recently dissolved Powertel board proceeded to hire Magaya to implement his own design despite the fact that the State Procurement Board had specifically disqualified his company from participating in the tender on grounds that he was conflicted as the designer of the strategy which was the subject of the tender...”

We hope Moyo’s decisiveness sets an enduring benchmark on which all future appointments are made to ensure the best out of the hybrid human resources available at the nation’s disposal is made good use of.

It merits all accolades one can think of.

A man’s mettle and acumen is judged by the ability to see his mistakes and instantly take necessary corrective measures.

Comments (12)

to me jonathan has not truly showed the fruits which show true repentance from the evil he and his friends have done. he has not done what JOHN THE BAPTIST would have asked from the pharises whosay they want to change and follow the right way. to me he is repenting while hiding a lot of his sins. there is not enough evidence to show that. i wait for that.

s - 19 February 2014

We all have a past, bad or good and this applies to Moyo during his first time as Minister of Information and Publicity. However, when one realizes his mistake and quickly make amends shows maturity unlike other leaders who do not think that they make mistakes. So far so good with Moyo.

farai mutasa - 19 February 2014

i THINK THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL THESE YEARS, A MINISTER WHO REALISES HIS MISTAKES AND IS NOT AFRAID TO CORRECT THEM. IF ONLY THE PRESIDENT COULD EMULATE HIM

PAUROSI - 19 February 2014

Sando kuna Vice president in waiting for being decisive and humble enough to correct himself as soon as he realised his mistake.One can only dismiss Moyo at one s peril ask Zanupf.After the so called Tsholotsho issue they realised their mistakes and returned and the results are there for everyone to see. My advise to Jonothan Moyo is that ZANUPF is full of murders and he has to be very careful.

Aluta continua - 19 February 2014

Atshukutsha"""""""" Moyo.

mariyeti mpala - 19 February 2014

There are good signs of goodwill by Prof Moyo but if he is genuine I think its time to re instate the people whose careers he messed up although they were excellent.That was part of the cause of the demise of ZBC. Bring back people like Eric Knight,John Phiri, Brenda Moyo etc. Surely these people know a thing or 2 that would be handy ZBC.

david zijena - 19 February 2014

wait and see

brunoh - 19 February 2014

are we that forgetful or its a case of mental illness. Yes we can ignore his past and say he is a changed man and a new good broom. but this broom seem not to give a clean sweep. how can we even give credit to someone who fails to do due diligence on issues which are on public domain. The source of allegations is the media which he happens to control .How can he be the police, judge and jury where his court is the media. We have not heard any formal complain from the affected ministry. The minister has gone into character assassination based on the information he gets from the media he controls. The wise public will always make a wise decision.

siyaso - 19 February 2014

We need more ministers like this. Can you imagine if energy amd power development was being led by such a minister. if only there were just at least 2 leaders like this. Keep it up Prof. At least knowledge is power and power is not knowledge

onlooker - 20 February 2014

All ministers if u could emulate Prof. J. Moyo our economy will be supper. Our own corruption and not sanctions to the extent to which they have been paraded have destroyed our country. If what George Charamba said in the Herald on appointments that if subject Knowledge and not party links was the criteria of appointing individuals, surely our country would be bless

Tendaupenyu - 20 February 2014

This Jonathan Moyo you are paraising today is the same man who brought rot to the media in Zimbabwe. He is the great architect of polarisation in the media. Some of us who were old enough to buy newspapers in the late 80s to 90s remember that during Nathan Shamuyarira and the Charles Chikerema/Tommy Sithole era, the Herald used to report news as was. Come year 2000, Jonathan Moyo fires all experienced journalists and leaves a cohort of young maliable people like Ceaser who were blatantly anti MDC and factional in approach. You the Daily News were victims of this man and now you claim he is leading the pack? Cant you see you are being used in a charm offensive focused on factionalism in ZANU PF? You are sadly colluding with Jonathan to do a long soft and winding Tsholotsho coup on his excellency and ZANU PF. In all honesty, We expect the media to really ask what we will benefit from either Mnangagwa and Mujuru. To really scrutinise and see who is more popular and can unify Zimbabwe and not just ZANU PF. But instead of doing that you sing him praises. The whole issue of salarygate is not enough because we know there is rampant corruption in ministries, parastatals, Universities, colleges, schools and hospitals. We want this to come out. We expect the media to ask NGOs where the money they received from the USAID, AusAID, the EU went from 2000. Not just government institutions. We want the media to ask UniLever why its making the Harare and Bulawayo factories warehouses of south African goods instead of capacitating them the way Nestle has done. Thats where you should waste your energy not praising a rogue and cunning politician like Jonathan Moyo who spends his time around the military as they plot succession issues. I support the President that the issue of succession must stop.Its taxing the country

Irene - 23 February 2014

This Jonathan Moyo you are paraising today is the same man who brought rot to the media in Zimbabwe. He is the great architect of polarisation in the media. Some of us who were old enough to buy newspapers in the late 80s to 90s remember that during Nathan Shamuyarira and the Charles Chikerema/Tommy Sithole era, the Herald used to report news as was. Come year 2000, Jonathan Moyo fires all experienced journalists and leaves a cohort of young maliable people like Ceaser who were blatantly anti MDC and factional in approach. You the Daily News were victims of this man and now you claim he is leading the pack? Cant you see you are being used in a charm offensive focused on factionalism in ZANU PF? You are sadly colluding with Jonathan to do a long soft and winding Tsholotsho coup on his excellency and ZANU PF. In all honesty, We expect the media to really ask what we will benefit from either Mnangagwa and Mujuru. To really scrutinise and see who is more popular and can unify Zimbabwe and not just ZANU PF. But instead of doing that you sing him praises. The whole issue of salarygate is not enough because we know there is rampant corruption in ministries, parastatals, Universities, colleges, schools and hospitals. We want this to come out. We expect the media to ask NGOs where the money they received from the USAID, AusAID, the EU went from 2000. Not just government institutions. We want the media to ask UniLever why its making the Harare and Bulawayo factories warehouses of south African goods instead of capacitating them the way Nestle has done. Thats where you should waste your energy not praising a rogue and cunning politician like Jonathan Moyo who spends his time around the military as they plot succession issues. I support the President that the issue of succession must stop.Its taxing the country

Irene - 23 February 2014

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