Deceased and ex-staff members on ZBC pay roll

Some deceased and ex-staff members of ZBC are still on the company’s pay roll

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
07 January 2014

An on-going staff vetting exercise at the ZBC has revealed that some deceased and ex-staff members are still in the company’s pay roll.

Reports this week said the verification has so far shown that among those on the pay roll were people who either died or quit the state broadcaster about a decade ago.

According to a weekend NewsDay report Douglas Rinomhota (who died in 2007) and Robert Tapfumaneyi (who left in 2011) as well as ex-news caster Sugar Chagonda, were amongst the ghost workers exposed so far. Also on the list were former technical operator Collin Muduwa and former radio producer Perfect Hlongwane who both left the ZBC in 2005 and 2012 respectively.

The report quoted a ZBC worker saying Tapfumaneyi’s name indicated that he had received advance payments of up to $ 800 while Rinomhota was shown to have received $100 as advance payment just before the festive season.

The exercise, which is being supervised by the Ministry of Information, arose as a result of the government chipping in to bail out the state broadcaster. As the ZBC was struggling to pay its employees it emerged that the top management were being paid astonishingly high salaries.

Since stepping in, the government has forced the top management to take salary cuts and sent Chief Executive Happyson Muchechetere on leave. The salaries which amounted to $8 million were finally paid last week.

According to NewsDay, sources attributed the ZBC rot to a management crisis which saw the salaries department being deliberately kept in the dark about workers who were no longer with the company.

ZBC spokesman Gladman Bandama denied the reports, saying the only deceased person who was still on the pay roll was the late executive producer Sheila Mahlatini, who died in October last year.

However, Transparency International Zimbabwe Chairman, Loughty Dube attributed the developments at the ZBC to ‘lack of accountability’. Dube told SW Radio Africa that the ZBC should be made to publish audited financial statements every year to minimize corruption.

He added: “ZBC is accountable to corrupt government officials. If it was operating as a true public broadcaster it would account to Parliament on how it uses public funds but that is not the case at the moment.”

One Responseto “Deceased and ex-staff members on ZBC pay roll”

  1. Yepec says:

    Is there an outcry on the ghost workers or is the Article breaking new ground that the public needs to know? Who does not know that the Voters Roll is full of dead, peoples names, constituency after constituency? The ZBC is repeating what it sees in Zanu PF, ZEC’s Voters Roll, the Civil Services’ list and in the Departments of the national and Local Governments. The issue is not to be surprised by who else is doing it but how to stop them cold in their footsteps doing it.. Given that Zanu PF is in full control of the country’s economy, one can never be surprised by the kinds of new inventions on the corrupt practices they come up with in order to loot it.

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