Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH), formerly Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, has not been remitting tax revenue for nine months and a Newsnet bus was recently impounded by the Zimbabwe Reve
nue Authority (Zimra) over the debt.
ZBH workers’ salaries for the month of September were cut by up to 50% in some cases with claims that the money had been deducted to settle the debt with Zimra.
ZBH board chairman Rino Zhuwarara confirmed on Wednesday that a Newsnet bus had been seized by Zimra but said it had since been returned.
“Yes, it had been held by Zimra. But it’s already back and operating. It has just been returned. It’s really an issue of one or two companies, not the whole group. I can’t disclose the amounts,” he said.
However, highly placed sources at Zimra yesterday said the bus was still being held over a large debt accumulated over nine months when ZBH did not remit tax revenue.
Workers at ZBH who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent said they were shocked when they received their salaries for this month last week to discover huge deductions.
“Management failed to explain the deductions, which were up to 50%, until we established that the broadcaster owed Zimra huge amounts in debt,” one of the workers said. “We heard from guys at Zimra that they had deducted money from our salaries to settle the debt.”
But Zhuwarara denied there were any such deductions.
“No, the workers’ salaries were not affected by that. I can’t discuss that issue,” he said.
ZBH, the sole broadcaster, is controlled by the state.
Since Information minister Jonathan Moyo banned most sponsored programmes on radio and television, the broadcaster has been facing serious financial problems.