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THE management debacle at the State owned broadcaster, ZBC, turned into an April fools’ day circus Tuesday when the new ZBC board reversed last week’s management reshuffle by acting chief executive, Allan Chiweshe.

Chiweshe, who took over from the now suspended Happison Muchechetere, announced management re-deployments that saw Chris Chivhinge becoming Head News and Current Affairs while General Manager News and Current Affairs Tazzen Mandizvidza was re-assigned to general manager TV Services.

Head News and Current Affairs Josephine Zulu had been moved to Head Radio Services, where she was going to switch roles with Chivhinge.

The reshuffle was meant to take effect April 1.

But the new ZBC board Tuesday flexed its muscle by reversing the appointments, which the Gibson Munyoro led ZBC board said were done without seeking its approval.

“The Board has taken this decision because the announced reassignment of the managers was done without prior consultation or the aice and approval of the board itself,” Munyoro said.

“Accordingly, any movements or changes to take place within the national broadcaster shall be presented to the Board for consideration and strategic discernment before being announced and effected.”

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services deputy minister Supa Mandiwanzira gave the board’s decision a thumbs up, saying it acted well within its powers to invalidate Chiweshe’s new appointments.

“Government does not run parastatals and that is why we appoint boards to do that on our behalf,” Mandiwanzira said.

“The fact that the board in the case of the ZBC has reversed the management changes means they were unprocedural. We support the board on this move.”

It is not the first time however that a new ZBC appointment has been abruptly reversed just as the ink was yet to dry on the appointment letters.

Information minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was last month forced into a humiliating withdrawal of Dennis Magaya as ZBC board chair after he had reportedly stumbled upon information linking the ICT expert to corrupt dealings with State power utility, ZESA.

Since Moyo was appointed Information minister September last year, the ZBC management saga has now become a permanent feature on newspaper pages.

The story of the new ZBC appointments by Chiweshe was competing for newspaper space with yet another story, this time that of Muchechetere having been hauled to the local courts for a corruption case involving a ZBC OB van purchased from a Chinese firm last year.

Source : New Zimbabwe