PROBLEMS continue to mount for under-fire Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) managers who are being investigated for corruption, it has emerged.
Report by Our Staff
Sources said Media, Information and Publicity minister, Webster Shamu visited the State broadcaster last week, a day after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) swooped on the institution to investigate allegations by workers that senior managers were looting.
“Shamu wanted to understand what was going on at ZBC,” said a ZBC manager. “In the past he used to heap praises on management, not knowing that all is not well at the company. Shamu is now under pressure from his colleagues in Zanu PF to act against the managers. They fear that the rot at ZBC will affect the party’s election campaign next year. ”
ZBC workers recently wrote to the ZACC alleging that their bosses were enriching themselves while the ailing company was going aground. They alleged that managers were paying themselves salaries of over US$20 000, while ordinary staffers were getting between US$300 and US$600.
The workers yesterday said they had still not been paid their September salaries as the company was struggling to raise revenue as most advertisers, as well as viewers and listeners, had abandoned it. Shamu was yesterday reluctant to comment. ZBC spokesperson Sivukile Simango professed ignorance over the matter.