Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Names New Acting CEO
Following Patrick Mavhura’s sudden release from his position as CEO of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Wisdom Hombarume, who is currently the ZBC’s director of digital media and broadcasting technology, has been appointed as the acting CEO.
The government-controlled TV and radio monopoly broadcaster has a new board that was announced in July this year by the nation’s Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa.
The board which is chaired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s doctor, Josaya Tayi, announced Mavhura’s exit on Sunday 1 September.
Mavhura had taken over from Happison Muchechetere as the acting CEO back in 2014.
He was one of 15 people that were interviewed for the role on a substantive basis in 2017, and he came seventh.
Mavhura was, however, still promoted to CEO, with the ZBC’s board chairman at the time, Fidelis Munyoro, publicly declaring that those who had scored better than him had failed the necessary “security vetting process” that was conducted by the Central Intelligence Organisation.
A critical test for all officials seconded to a key management role in Zimbabwe’s state-owned media organisation is of evident loyalty to the government; therefore, competence is only a secondary consideration, according to sources who did not want to be named.
Mavhura was a highly unpopular figure with journalists at the ZBC, who felt that he had failed to prioritise news gathering when he got distracted with investing in vehicles and new equipment.