New Zimbabwe (London)

Zimbabwe: Muchechetere Earned U.S $27,000 At ZBC

SUSPENDED ZBC chief executive Happison Muchechetere was earning $27,000 per month along with a monthly allowance of $3,000 and another $2,500 for his domestic staff, it has been revealed.

Added to the hefty pay packet, the CEO was also entitled to 5 business class air tickets with his family, three air tickets within the region and unlimited air travelling in Zimbabwe, the public broadcaster reported Monday.

ZBC has failed to pay its workers for six months as it teeters on the brink of collapse.

Ditched by advertisers and reviled by viewers for poor programming, the corporation struggles to make money, generating just US$275,000 per month against a budget of US$2,3 million of which US$1,6 million should go to worker's salaries.

The government recently revealed it was considering taking over the company's $44 million debt as part of a restructuring programme.

On Monday deputy information minister Supa Mandiwanzira also said the ministry would take over payment of the workers' salaries.

"The ministry has now decided to pay the workers since ZBC management has failed," Mandiwanzira said.

Information minister Jonathan Moyo fired the entire ZBC board of directors in November and sent Muchechetere away on indefinite leave accusing them of failing to come up with a turnaround strategy.

Allan Chiweshe, who was head of radio services and has been with the public broadcaster since 1985, was appointed acting CEO.

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