Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chairperson Josia Tayi was last week quizzed by Members of Parliament on his suitability for the position he holds at the national broadcaster.
Tayi is a practising medical doctor based in Gweru and is thought to be President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s personal physician.
Responding to the Prince Dubeko Sibanda-led parliamentary portfolio committee on information’s request for ZBC board members to talk about their qualifications and work experience, Tayi said:
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I was a Zanla fighter trained in Libya and I studied medicine at the Addis Ababa University.
I run two surgeries in Gweru and I own Midlands’ biggest private hospital. I am also a businessman engaged with the Ministry of Transport in doing roads, and I am also a farmer who does cattle ranching.
However, Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya (MDC Alliance) asked Tayi if he was was qualified to head a media board since he was a medical practitioner.
Tayi argued that there were previous ZBC board chairpersons that had no experience in the media and he mentioned Tafataona Mahoso, Gideon Gono and Father Gibson Munyoro among others, to prove his point.