Sexual Abuse Probe At ZBC

The Corporation has also terminated internships for all female student journalists after it was discovered they formed the majority of victims of the sexual abuse.

According to officials in the State broadcaster’s human resources department, the board of enquiry, headed by ZBC Head of human resources Bernania Shumba, comes after senior female members of the corporation complained about the issue both to the Information Ministry and ZBC Chief Executive Officer.

Among those under investigation are News and Current Affairs General Manager Tarzan Mandizvidza and Manager for Reporters O’Brian Rwafa. Two months ago Rwafa allegedly impregnated a student journalist after promising her a job on completion of her industrial attachment.

Rwafa, early this year made a false report that he was assaulted by MDC supporters in Kuwadzana yet police later discovered that he was involved in a love triangle with a married woman.

The HR department officers say among other managers to be interrogated  include Nhau/Indaba Producer and Presenter.

A female ZBC journalist said it was unfair for ZBC to unilaterally terminate contracts of female interns yet nothing had been done to the alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse.  "How can they dismiss the female interns who are the victims of sexual abuse?’This is a travesty of justice…”

Shumba refused to comment referring the reporter to the Public relations department. "I am not allowed to speak to the media on company issues please call our PR department for comment.”

The CEO, Happison Muchechetere was said to be away in China for a media conference.  Muchechetere recently banned female employees from wearing mini-skirts and trousers at the corporation alleging that this was contributing to sexual abuse and promoting indecency.