WASHINGTON DC —
The Zimbabwe Newspapers Group has made some major changes in its senior editorial team in what is seen as new Information Minister Jonathan Moyo’s project to reposition the group that has reported losses due to declining readership.
Announcing the changes, Zimpapers Chairman Charles Utete sad, “The appointments, which are with immediate effect, also come in the wake of a business restructuring exercise that has seen the purchasing of a new-state-of-the-art printing press to be commissioned in Harare soon, with plans underway to get another printing press for the Bulawayo branch.”
Utete said Ceaser Zvayi will be the editor of the group’s flagship daily, The Herald. In Bulawayo, Newzimbabwe.com founder, Mduduzi Mathuthu, will head The Chronicle while its sister weekly, The Sunday News, will be edited by Tumeliso Makhurane.
Former Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) spokesman, Jorum Nyathi, has been appointed group political editor.
Announcing the changes, Utete said they are a part of a business restructuring exercise that includes the buying of new equipment for the government mouthpieces.
However, in its last financial year, Zimpapers posted a loss of $2.3 million that was attributed to high mainteinance costs on aged equipment. Before the editorial changes, Information Minister Moyo has, in the past few weeks, visited rival independent newspaper organizations.
We reached secretary general, Foster Dongozi, of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, who said the new changes indicate that Zanu-PF is already looking ahead to the 2018 elections.