ZBC ghost workers exposed


THE ongoing vetting of workers at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has reportedly opened a can of worms after it emerged yesterday that names of deceased and long-departed former staffers, still reflected on the broadcaster’s current payroll.


The verification exercise is being superintended by officials from the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.

ZBC sources told NewsDay yesterday that some of the alleged ghost workers exposed to date included the late political correspondent Douglas Rinomhota who died in 2007, former senior reporter Robert Tapfumaneyi who quit in 2011, ex-news caster Sugar Chagonda and Collin Muduwa who was a technical operator, but left Mbare Studios in 2005 as well as former radio news producer/presenter Perfect Hlongwane, who parted ways with ZBC in July 2012.

Others include a few news reporters (named) who parted ways with ZBC five years ago to venture into public relations.

Although some of the ex-ZBC employees who are reportedly still on the pay roll would not provide details, they confirmed that they had been contacted to verify if they were still employees as their names were still on the corporation’s payroll.

“Tapfumaneyi’s name indicates that he had received advance payments of up to $800 and Rinomhota’s name shows he had received $100 as advance payment just before the Christmas Holiday,” an employee who refused to be named said.

Another ZBC worker, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Chagonda’s name is on the payroll and so is Muduwa whom we last worked with nearly a decade ago.”

Hlongwane, contacted for comment, said he had heard rumours his name was also appearing on the ZBC payroll.

“I’ve heard rumours to that effect, but I have no way of proving or disapproving it,” he said.

The source attributed the alleged scandal to the shambolic structures at ZBC, saying the salaries department was deliberately not furnished with names of workers who were no longer employees of the organisation.

“There was a management crisis at ZBC which from our viewpoint was deliberate. The human resources department kept records of all workers, but would not forward updates on those who would have left to the salaries department for adjustments,” the source said.

However, ZBC spokesperson Gladman Bandama denied the allegations.

“The first time we heard about it was when we were giving out advance payments. According to us, the only deceased person still on our pay roll is (the late executive producer) Sheila Mahlatini who died in October because the payment due dates back to June last year. However, I am glad that the verification exercise underway will lay to rest all such allegations,” Bandama said.

Bandama again refuted reports that the ZBC human resources department was shambolic.

“Whatever is done in HR (human resources) is copied to finance. The two departments work hand in glove and there is no way the salaries department can’t be aware of what happens in the human resources,” he said.

The salaries department falls under the finance section which was headed by general manager Elliot Kasu, who has since been sent on forced leave by Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo.

Kasu was suspended alongside CEO Happison Muchechetere, head of finance Ralph Nyambudzi and Muchechetere’s secretary Rita Mangundhla to expedite a forensic audit at the public broadcaster where employees had gone for six months without salaries.

ZBC workers only started receiving their salaries this week following the intervention of Moyo and his deputy Supa Mandiwanzira who reportedly approached government for a bail out.

ZBC workers were owed an estimated $8 million.

Bandama said by yesterday 90% of ZBC employees at Pockets Hill had been paid and the verification process would commence at stations outside Harare today.


  1. well done Professor….laba who have been suspended should replaced. Indawo zonke kumasectors awegovernment kumele zihlolwe kanjalo to reduce excessive corruption.

    • Kwenzakala kuministry yabesintwini kuphela lokhu. Ubusela kukhanya busegazini kwabempumalanga ungathembi ukuthi bangatshintsha namuhla into yegazi. Ubusekuru lobu mzukuru babo kabupheli.

  2. While they are at it they might interest themselves with probing the recruitment policy at pockets hill. The whole process stinks of serious graft with most being underqualified.

  3. mbavha chaidzo chero muchihurumende ichi vanotambira vasingashandi nekuti vanotsigira zanu pf .shame .vakarambidza biti kutarira mamwe maminstry lyk police neya kasukuwere yevechidiki.akabva ko asi zviriko.chihurumende chechimbavha

  4. While they are at it, I hope they remember that all those employees who left the Corporation in the past 3 years either as a result of death; retirement or resignation are still owed pensions.

  5. its very painful that someone benefits using the name of a dead person and to crosscheck maybe the widow hasnt been given her pension by zbc. may all those evil people die and never see the sun or peace again. i curse them with the curse of curses evil people

  6. haisi ZBC chete ine na’ghost workers maparastatals ese ndiyo honye yacho iyoyo. tangai neSSB, kwotevera Zesa, Netone, NRZ, CMED, Education, Ese zvako.

  7. Aaa chashamisa chii apa, even kuChitungwiza Council zviripowo: magirlfriend, maids and gardenboys evakuru vekanzuru varipo paPayroll yeChitungwiza and mari dzavo dzinowanikwa mwedzi wega wega yet vashandi chaivo vane mwedzi gumi vasina kutambira. On top of that mabonus a2012 and 2013 havasati vapiwa. Ichi ndokwadi chiripo paChi town and pane inonzi Secret payroll yemashefu. Ndokuti Zimbabwe ka, takairwira kuti tipote tichidya tichiguta tiri toga. ZIMBABWE???

  8. aaa mogoshamiswa nei, ini ndikagara ndazvitaura kare pandakaona muchechetere aiswa ceo we zbc ndakaseka ndikati asi zanu pf yaka kwan shuwa here kuisa muchechetere ceo. hezvino muri papi

  9. Ndiko kutonga here uku vakomana? Kudya moga! May this exercise be also done on children who are being sent abroad for studies under the presidential scholarship. The nation will be shocked.

  10. Eish!!!! did you see how big Muchechetere has become? He looks well fed ,not to mention a set of wheels he drives .We all know that Muchechetere will never join the bhantities , nyanisi akasoze aboshe .Hello Nyambe Mlozi wapoona kabootu.

  11. Is it the same Muchechetere who was said to be 99% disabled after the medical exam for war vets compensation? Sure if its the same guy what more could be expected… 99% disabled eish!

  12. Yo story lacks depthness. Aitora mari dzacho kumabank ndiani? Account yacho ndeyani? Yakavhurwa nani? Ko vana hlongwani vacho vanoshandisa account imwe here? Ari in charge nebanking ku zbc ndiani? I c a chain of corrupt pple here. As usual in zim, no one wil rot in jail. Only thoz deprived wil rot in graves.

  13. The story is clear and staight forward ,ZBC has ghost workers with some of them mentioned in the story.As for full details the commision appointed by Moyo to invesigate the goings at dead bc will be released after the investigations are finished.There is nothing kokayi with this newspaper report which is talking about ghost workers at Muchechetere headed dead bc.

    • Vachaita basa ripi vaMugabe. hapana chakaipa pameso pawo pane zvese izvi. zvidiki chaizvo. nyika kudonha kusvika patiri kudayi moti vanga vasipo here

  14. One thing we should all understand is that not everyone who joined the liberation struggle was motivated by the need to liberate the country. In fact, some were criminals (murderers, fraudsters, thieves, conman) who were fleeing from the the law in the then Rhodesia, and some joined the war after realising that they had become social failures. Now these criminals knew that the only way they could safely return home was when Zimbabwe was liberated. So in executing the war, they became ruthless and brave. Resultantily they got reward by means of promotions to senior ranks, and on the basis of this ranking they have been able to occupy positions of authority and power in the security sector and in government departments and state enterprises where they have been deployed as CEOs, MDs, GMs, etc. So when they steal and kill today, its because criminality is in their DNA and they shall continue to do so though now they use these criminal instincts to protect personal interests(their loot and plunder). These people were never meant to be leaders in the first place. They are leaders by default. This is why the real war veterans (those who were inspired by the need to liberate the country) have never been part of this looting and murderous cabal.

    Solution: It is the responsibility of the society to retire them by way of forcibly removing them from power. The ballot box is never going to remove them from power because its not in their DNA to respect such dignified human processes.

  15. Where is the voice of literacy when one ignores the international standard that the salary bill should not exceed at most 30% of revenue in our Councils / Municipalities, Parastatals & Public Enterprises, etc? How do you explain companies in the public and private sectors that pay directorial, executive and senior management staff obscene salaries, perks, benefits and perquisites on time, but can’t pay the actual workers meager salaries on time, where is the voice of education/management conscience? How do you explain the existence of ghost workers more in the public than in the private sector who strangely enough also get paid on time than actual workers? How do you explain Government entities who are not audited year in year out and auditors who can’t detect ghost workers?

  16. When Ian D, Smith said a blackman is going to f,,,,k up this country I did not understand what he meant actually I thought he was being racist . Now I understand how can a company that pays its CEO 40 000 usd a month fail to pay its worker who earns 200usd per month for 9month? Eish!!!! serious.

  17. So tell Zanu PF, what do ”illegal sanctions by the Breetish” have to do with failure to keep payroll up to date?

    Mbavha dzegazega at Rotten Row from groundsmen all the way up to politburo. Whatever “politburo” means.

    My pen is capped


  18. Does government have a facility people can use for reporting corrupt activities and remain anonymous in the process? Whistle-blowing on corruption would be a good thing for Zimbabwe, because organisations do loose a lot through corrupt activities that some people see but have no safe way of reporting.

  19. zbc is the least of our worries,if the rot at zbc goes to that extent hw abt nrz,mines,industry,farming,education?ths is jst the tip of an iceberg,hw many millions of dollars go unaccounted for wthn these sectors each day?at least we knw the management in ths department was giving itself hefty salaries,what happened wth nrz monies?diamonds?farming inputs?

  20. ZBC like all parastetals are run by Boads. where was Cathbert Dube(chairman of the boad) when all this rubish was taking place?

    All the blame should be laid on Dube’s door. period. He ,together with the rest of the boad obvioustly approved the ZBC manageent perks. While u are at it, why not also remove Dube from Boads where he is a member. As it is, I do’nt think any organisation can benefit from his leadership.

  21. I have written extensively about this corrupt and dysfunctional ZANU-PF government – been accused of being extreme. Wait until the entire can is open – you will encounter worms as long as anacondas! These people do not deserve another day in office – so much for ‘democratic elections’!

  22. It is clear that Njonja Muchechetere is not worried about what he did at dead bc .As a member of the rigging and defrauding league known by the notorius name zanu pf Muchechetere is garanteed of safety .He turned zbc into a zanu pf propaganda station during the just gone elections and that makes him the untoucheable forget about the useless group of peopple appointed by Moyo to investigate the goings at zbc the outcome will be shaffed under the carpete as usual so Muchechetere will remain as free as a bird and will never be a bhantinti.

  23. Guys just leave me alone. Chimboitaiwo maForensic Audits enyu zvekare kuNRZ, Zesa, Harare Council, SSB etc. Dai mambondisiyawo ndadya mari yangu ndakadekara kuitira kana ndodzokera kubasa vapedza Forensics dzavo. Ini ndaingorovera bhora mugedhi…..shuwa inga takagowesa wani. Endava murivapanduki imi. Can’t you see this are sanctions imposed on our country?

    Zimbabwe will never be a colony again. Please imi vatengese nevapambevhu leave Zimbabwe alone. Please uplift sanctions.

    See you ndadzokera kubasa very soon.

    Thank you.


  24. When all this rot is taking place, where is the Auditor General. Things are going the way they are going simply becoz no one is monitoring anything. I hope she will soon recognise her importance and begin to do her work thoroughly in all public units

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