ZBC fires top brass
THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, with immediate effect, dismissed suspended chief executive Happison Muchechetere, general managerfinance Elliot Kasu, acting radio head Allan Chiweshe and finance head Ralph Nyambudzi.
This comes as Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited yesterday terminated contracts of 109 employees, including journalists, and gave them three months’ notice in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Chiweshe was suspended last November together with general manager News and Current Affairs Tazzen Mandizvidza on allegations of misconduct and prejudicing the corporation of over $7 million. Mandizvidza has since been reinstated following his option to cooperate with investigations.
Kasu and Nyambudzi were suspended together with Muchechetere early last year on allegations of costing the national broadcaster millions of dollars.
ZBC board chairperson Father Gibson Munyoro said Muchechetere and Kasu were sacked for prejudicing the corporation because of their unethical and destructive behaviour.
He said the other two managers — Chiweshe and Nyambudzi — had their contracts terminated on three months’ notice.
“Hearings involving the accused were concluded and on the basis of the findings, ZBC has decided to fire chief executive Happison Muchechetere and general managerfinance Elliot Kasu on the basis of their unethical and destructive conduct while at ZBC in the past few years,” said Fr Munyoro.
“Their actions, decisions and behaviour contributed immensely to the destruction of the national broadcaster to a desperate financial depression it’s currently suffering.”
Fr Munyoro said the cleansing exercise was a means of stemming the decay at the national broadcaster.