THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is likely to have a new general manager soon after three candidates were shortlisted for the job.The State granary has been operating without a general manager for the past year following the departure of Albert Mandizha.
Mandizha left GMB after his seven-year long contract had expired in November 2014.
The parastatal’s board of directors has shortlisted three candidates for the job, namely Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe chairman, Tafadzwa Musarara; former Cotton Company of Zimbabwe managing director, David Mashingaidze; and Tobacco Research Board, chairperson Millicent Mombeshora.
The three have already gone through formal interviews, pending official communication from the GMB board.All the shortlisted candidates, who spoke to the Financial Gazette could neither deny nor confirm the development.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Joseph Made, confirmed this week that the parastatal was busy hunting for an appropriate candidate for the top job at GMB.
“The board has been filling in various posts at GMB like that of the director of finance and it is not a secret that they are also looking at fully complementing its staff. So yes they are looking for a CEO…The GMB among other parastatals, is in the process of structuring its staff to ensure the smooth running of the state enterprise,” he said.
Struggling due to lack of government support and general mismanagement, GMB has been run down over the years to the extent that it has been failing to pay both its workers and farmers on time.This has seen farmers opting to sell their maize on the informal market.
GMB, however, surprised farmers by managing to pay them on time this year, achieving 200 000 metric tonnes of maize, unlike in the past when it has struggled to pay them.
A raft of changes, especially in management, and the infusion of new blood are expected to help the parastatal make a recovery.
The parastatal hit the headlines last year after more than 300 of its former workers staged a sleep-in at the State enterprise’s headquarters in Harare demanding US$4 million in salary arrears.
The former workers successfully took their case to the High Court resulting in GMB being ordered to clear its obligations. Financial gazette