WASHINGTON DC —
Zimbabweans have expressed mixed feelings over the firing of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo on Thursday.
Some feel the move was heavy-handed while others applauded it as something designed to revamp the bad situation at the national broadcaster.
Moyo dissolved the board and placed its Chief Executive Officer, Happison Muchechetere, on forced leave.
ZBC General Manager for Radio Services, Allan Chiweshe, was immediately installed as acting CEO.
Minister Moyo, whose frustrations with the broadcaster’s management for incompetence are a matter of public record, said he was forced to wield the hatchet in the “national interest” after the board failed to produce a turnaround strategy for the institution.
Director Nhlanhla Ngwenya of the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe said there appears to be no motive in Moyo’s wielding the axe on ZBC management but a genuine strategy to improve its operations.