Hwengwere Loots ZBC Equipment to Launch Ya FM

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Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Munyaradzi Hwengwere has been implicated in the massive theft of equipment from the state broadcaster, which led to its virtual collapse, Now Daily can exclusively reveal.
After allegedly stealing the equipment, Hwengwere set up a company called Savannah to produce documentaries and promotional materials which were then sold to ZBC, it emerged.
Using the ZBC’s broadcast plans, Hwengwere set up Ray of Hope Media, which runs his flagship Ya FM radio station. Although Ya FM’s licence says it is a commercial station for Zvishavane, Hwengwere has violated this by broadcasting all over the Great Dyke, a mandate originally reserved for ZBC’s National FM, which has failed to reach its potential after its equipment was stolen.
Ya FM is accused of looting ZBC music archives after Hwengwere appointed Power FM Dj Daves Mugadza as station manager. Mugadza is still employed by ZBC and is in violation of his contract, although he disguises himself Diva Dollar on Hwengwere’s station. Mugadza recently clashed with Hwengwere over money, leading to a strike by Ya FM staff recently.
The ZBC bought equipment worth $500 million from Iran, which disappeared while Hwengwere was at the helm at the corporation’s Pockets Hill headquarters, according to a report by auditors and employee statements. The government is still indebted to Iran over the missing equipment.
Former information minister Jonathan Moyo sacked Hwengwere’s successor at ZBC as CEO Happison Muchechetere after he started probing the theft of equipment. Moyo was fingered in the disappearance of the equipment after he appointed his former student Hwengwere to the top post without any formal media training or experience.
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