Muchechetere’s US$40 000 a month salary was peanuts


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Suspended Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer Happison Muchechetere’s salary of US$40 000 a month, which raised eyebrows when it was disclosed in November last year, was peanuts.

His boss, the chairman of the ZBC board of directors, Cuthbert Dube, was getting nearly six times that. According to The Herald, Dube was earning US$230 000 a month two years ago. It did not say what his present salary is.

Dube is the chief executive officer of the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) which used to be the Public Service Medical Aid Society catering for civil servants.

The Herald said the aid society was reeling under a US$38 million debt.

Muchechetere’s salary was close to that of some of the middle managers of PSMAS. The top executives were all getting more than US$60 000.

Muchechetere was sent on leave last year pending investigations into the corporation after the board had failed to come up with a turn-around strategy for the national broadcaster.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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