ZBC fires top brass

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bureau

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.

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