ZBC Retrenches Staff,Shuts Down Voice of Zimbabwe

By Mark Mhukayesango
Gweru based, Zanu PF propaganda tool Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
(ZBC)’s  Voice of Zimbabwe has shut down following the firing of all
journalists and other supporting staff.
The loss making broadcaster which went on air in 2002 during the then
Minister of Information, Jonathan Moyo to counter the so called
pirate radio stations had been struggling to transmit signal.
The now defunct Voice of Zimbabwe had been supplying news for Spot FM,
whilst most of its employees were on full pay with some believed to be
ghost workers.
Fifty workers who were handed their termination of contracts letters
today could be seen packing their belongings preparing to go home.
The employees were ordered to surrender ZBC identity particulars and
any other company property early today.
“We write to advise that the employer has decided to exercise its
right in terms of the Common Law and Section 12 (4) of the Labour Act
(Chapter 28:01) (Hereinafter referred to as the Labour Act to
terminate your contract of employment in notice with immediate
effect,” part of the termination letter dated 11 August ad signed by
acting chief executive, Patrick Mavhura reads.
“Please ensure that you surrender the ZBC identity card, information
relating to your responsibilities and any other ZBC property in your
possession to the undersigned by 12 August 2015.”
Seven workers in the engineering department, a few drivers and
security personnel were spared.
The fate of Station Manager Joseph Nhara is yet to be known, but all
the reporters, news editor, those in the production department and
other supporting staff were axed.
The development follows last week’s firing of the broadcaster’s chief
executive, Happison Muchechetere and three other top officials who
were on suspension on various allegations including abuse of office.
According to labor organisations an estimated 20 000 employees have
lost their jobs since the Supreme Court ruling  that give companies
the nod to fire workers without compensation.
Last week the messenger of court attached ZBC Montrose studios
property to recover money owed to Bulawayo City Council in unpaid
rates.