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ZTA lay-offs above board

Staff Reporter

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) says there was nothing amiss about the laying-off of 35 workers last week explaining it as a staff rationalisation programme, whose aim was to come up with an efficient, effective and lean operational team.

ZTA retrenched 35 workers last week, a move observers were quick to say was a way by the acting CEO Rita Likukuma to remove the old staff who worked under her predecessor, Karikoga Kaseke, who has been away from work on health grounds since November last year.

“The board would like to note that the rationalisation programme is routine in line with corporate governance as legislated,” ZTA said in a statement.

“The exercise was also a direct result of the need for the organisation to be effective and efficient and lean. Over the past three to four years, the authority’s current liabilities could not match its current assets, resulting in the organisation seriously failing to achieve its mandate.”

ZTA said the skills audit exercise was conducted with the aim of rationalising operations and performance.

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