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INTERNATIONAL Media Service (IMS), funders of the beleaguered Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef), have demanded institutional audit following revelations that its chairperson illegally aanced himself with their funds.

IMS is not happy with Zinef chair Brian Mangwende’s action to illegally aance himself with $2 200 and has since given him until the 18th of this month to pay back.

The donors are saying Mangwende’s action was in contravention of the regulations governing their funds.

In a letter in possession of NewZimbabwe.com and addressed to Zinef treasurer Oliver Gawe, IMS said Zinef should have carried out its audit in line with their constitutional obligation.

The letter was written by Luckson Chipare, a media and management consultant from IMS Zimbabwe Media Programme.

“Our records indicate that the Zinef year-end date is December 31,” reads the letter.

“When is Zinef planning to conclude its institutional audit for the year ended December 31, 2014? In terms of Clause 8.4.2, I quote:

“The Treasurer shall prepare a true and audited financial statement of the Forum’s finances for the approval of the Editor’s Forum within 30 days of the end of the financial year, which statement shall be presented at the AGM to be held thereafter.”

IMS also wanted to know how the audit will be funded and if through donor funding the editors should provide details of how much each donor was contributing.

Gawe was not picking his phone.

The Zinef account has since been frozen.

On a related development the editors are planning to sign a petition calling for the stepping down of their beleaguered chairperson. They are also planning to set up an interim executive to run the affairs of the forum until the next ordinary meeting.

The current board is led by chairperson Mangwende (unattached) and secretary general Barnabas Thondlana (now publisher of The Observer).

Treasurer is Oliver Gawe (unattached), Vice Chairperson Njabulo Ncube (Southern Eye’s Deputy Editor) and committee member is Daily News’ Assistant Editor Maxwell Sibanda.

The board has been in office since April 2012.

Source : New Zimbabwe