ZBC audit report to be tabled in Parly

ZBC audit report to be tabled in Parly

GOVERNMENT is expected to today unveil the findings of the much-awaited Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) audit report, ending nearly a year of anxious waiting.
This comes after Parliament summoned Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Jonathan Moyo, to make public the contents of the audit report that he has kept away since the report was handed over to him in November last year by an internationally acclaimed audit firm, KPMG which had been given that task.
Moyo is expected to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, where he would give a detailed report at Parliament building this morning.
The session, which starts at 10am, is open to the public.
In December 2013, Moyo ordered a forensic and turnaround audit on ZBC following the dissolution of the State broadcaster’s board led by Cuthbert Dube which had failed to submit a turnaround strategy document within a specified period.
Government then instructed the Comptroller and Auditor-General’s office in March last year to urgently carry out the audits and was supposed to give back a comprehensive report within three months.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s office, which had no capacity to do the work, then subcontracted KPMG.
KPMG only submitted the comprehensive report on November 6 last year and Moyo has been sitting on it since then.
The contents of the report, which addresses human resources issues such as manpower policy, selection and recruitment philosophy, grading systems, departmentalisation, payroll system, performance culture, promotions and other aspects, is therefore likely to cause ructions at the national broadcaster which runs two television channels and four radios.
Also expected in the report are issues to do with staff motivation, skills attraction and retention.
The audit itself will also recommend a business model which would help the restructuring exercise and determine a planning culture in digital and infrastructural technology ahead of the fast approaching June 17 digitalisation deadline which the national broadcaster is struggling to meet.
The report is also expected to have damning findings about  fraudulent activities by senior ZBC management and possibly other government officials. The corporation was found to be paying obscene salaries to its management, which has also been accused of looting.
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