ZTA executives risk termination due to “illegal holiday allowances”
During the Covid-19 period, it is alleged that the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) board and management gave themselves unauthorized holiday and grocery allowances.
Mangaliso Ndlovu, minister of tourism and hospitality, has now established a five-person special investigating committee as a result of this.
The committee must ascertain if the allegedly granted allowances were authorized and in compliance with the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act.
The appointment of the committee was announced by Minister Ndlovu in General Notice 73 of 2023, which was issued yesterday in compliance with the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act.
The Minister explained the purpose of the committee for the top two managers, the CEO and COO, and stated that it was to ascertain the policy on holiday allowances for ZTA CEO Winnie Muchanyuka; the policy on holiday allowances for COO Mr. Givemore Chidzidzi; and whether there are any provisions for Mr. Chidzidzi; if he benefited from the COO allowances when acting as CEO, and if so, by how much; how payments were made; and whether the
In addition, the committee must assess any potential violations of the Corporate Governance Act and recommend appropriate remedies.
Additionally, the committee must identify any shortcomings or weaknesses in the allowance system and offer recommendations for how to prevent future occurrences of the same type.
It’s possible that ZTA board members received groceries and holiday allowances during the Covid-19 period.
The minister gave the committee instructions to ascertain whether board members got grocery allowances throughout the Covid-19 era, the justification for the allowance provision, and whether a board resolution to that effect was in place.
If the allowances were paid, the committee must evaluate whether doing so is permitted by the Corporate Governance Act.
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