According to an article published in the Herald, the government has dismissed the entire Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) board citing abuse of financial resources, poor corporate governance and corruption.
The outgoing board, which was appointed last year, included Colonel Dennias Madanhi, Godfrey Muzondo, Sheila Sidambe, Nancy Saungweme Muchenje, Senator Aguy Georgias, Thandiwe Shonhiwa and it was led by Ishamael Chikwenhere.
The announcement was made by the Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira, who highlighted cases of financial abuse from the POTRAZ board largely through frequented trips and requests for board members to attend training sessions abroad.
This is the latest case of a crackdown on a parastatal board, something that became a trend last year across other ministries and exposed huge benefits for State entity directors and some cases of corruption. The result was a slashing of parastatal salaries to a monthly cap of $6,000. This is something that seems to have encouraged the workarounds observed at POTRAZ in the form of travel allowances as additional remuneration.
In the case of the Ministry of ICT, this is yet another tough stance taken by Supa Mandiwanzira. Earlier this year, he took action against the telecoms operator Telecel over its failure to meet licencing requirements. This resulted in Telecel seeking judicial recourse to avoid shutdown.
Mandiwanzira’s crackdown on poor delivery has also been directed at State owned enterprises. A few months ago, a looming management shakeup at government’s mobile operator NetOne became public knowledge after job placements for several key positions in a telecoms concern were advertised.
Mandiwanzira confirmed the restructuring which he attributed to the need for NetOne to return a profit, something the mobile operator hasn’t been doing. This new desire for performance and delivery of results was something that Mandiwanzira also emphasized whilst speaking at a TelOne event earlier this year.