Government probes ZTA allowance payment system

Capitalk Reporter/ Chronicle |  2 months ago | top

Government has set up a five-member "Special Investigation Committee" to probe the operations and dealings of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) board, with a special focus on holiday and COVID-19 pandemic allowances.

In a general notice 73 of 2023 gazetted on Friday, Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Minister, Mangaliso Ndlovu, said the committee’s mandate was with immediate effect, and went on to detail a long list of terms and references of the special crack committee.

Deputy director responsible for human resources within the ministry, Mr Osward Chihombori, is the secretary of the committee whose members are drawn from the Ministries of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Energy and Power Development, Local Government and Public Works, as well as the Attorney-General’s Office.

“It is hereby notified that the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has in terms of Section 40 (1) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31) appointed a Special Investigation Committee with effect from the date of the publication notice,” reads the gazetted general notice.

It also noted that the committee will seek to establish a clear policy on holiday allowances for ZTA chief executive officer and policy on chief operating officer holiday allowances. Also, the committee will probe whether there are any reference provisions for the acting chief executive officer to get holiday allowances as per the letter from the Office of the President and Cabinet, and “if the chief executive offer benefited from chief operating

officer allowances?

If so, how much, how payments were affected, and whether there was board concurrence for the acting chief executive officer to get holiday allowances at the chief executive officer level. “If there was any breaches in terms of the Corporate Governance Act- if so, what are the recommended remedial measures and if there are any loopholes/gaps identified in the allowance system and make recommendations to prevent such occurrences in future,” reads the notice.