The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) yesterday dispatched a team of investigators to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) following a complaint raised by employees that senior management were enriching themselves through hefty salaries and perks at the expense of the national broadcaster.
Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi Senior Reporter
ZACC chairperson Denford Chirindo yesterday declined to either confirm or deny the swoop, saying this would jeopardise their investigations.
“We are investigating quite a number of reports, but there is a danger that we may warn the suspects and fall into the trap of aiding them because they may destroy the evidence. We don’t blow vuvuzelas when we do our investigations,” he said.
A source at the national broadcaster, however, confirmed that after the morning visit yesterday, ZACC advised employees to furnish the commission with any evidence they might have.Contacted, ZBC spokesperson Sivukile Simango said: “I am not commenting on that, I am sorry.”
In a letter copied to the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity and the Office of the President and Cabinet, the broadcaster’s workers accused management of abuse of funds and corruption. They claimed their bosses were awarding themselves huge salaries and allowances, while workers’ salaries were delayed.
The workers claimed managers were paying themselves between $5 000 and $20 000 as monthly salaries, while ordinary staffers were getting between $300 and $600 which was not paid in time, sometimes being delayed by over two weeks.