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So who will run The Herald?

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By Clutton Patsika


Below are Zim Editors 2000-2008 (NB note were there is a tie)

1 Geofrey Nyarota -- Most controversial affectionately referred to as Nyati (Buffalo)
2 Bornwell Chakaodza -- Most balanced and duty conscious

3 Davison Maruziva -- Fairly balanced but questionable newsroom management
4 Bill Saidi -- Veteran novelist a constant pain in Zanu-PF neck obviously ant-Zanu PF
5 Sunsleey Chamunorwa -- Lyrically fire brand intellectually strong
5 Innocent-Chfamba Sithole -- Another firebrand critic and young turk with strong academic background
6 Clutton Patsika -- Young turk and a technocrat with strong academic background
7 Ray Mungoshi -- Young turk
8 Kindness Paradza -- Veteran business analyst
9 Pikirayi Deketeke -- Has staying power
10 Nevanji Madanhire -- Young turk strong critic of both MDC and Zanu-PF
11 Funny Mushava -- Talented critic but rather proZanu-PF
12 Ruzvidzo Mupfudza -- Culture critic, young turk with strong academic background
13 Abel Mutsakani -- Firebrand, probing and exclusives guy

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13 Wallace Chuma -- More academic but pro-democarcy
14 Hama Saburi -- Fair business analyst
15 Mduduzi Mathuthu -- Investigative journalist
16 Grace Kwinje -- Investigative journalist obviously pro-Opposition

17 Chris Chinake -- Best for contacts in the State Apparatus
18 John Gambanga -- Adjustable
19 Tawanda Majoni -- Investigative journalist, firebrand young turk with strong academic background
20 Pascal Mukondiwa -- No yes man
21 Tendayi Nyakunu -- Good arounder
22 Stephen Mpofu -- Mr Yes Man
23 Robson Sharuko -- Best Soccer journalist
24 Joram Nyathi -- Quiet and lethal critic
25 Francis Mdlongwa -- Mr Know-it all

Top Journalists

1. Luke Tamborinyoka
2 William Bango
3 Basildon Peta
3 Violet Gonda
3 Nelson Chenga
4 Pedzisai Ruhanya
4 Dumisani Nleya
4 Clemence Manyukwe
4 Isdore Guvamombe
5 Nyasha Nyakunu
6 Conrad Nyamutata
7 Hatred Zenenga
8 Brian Hungwe
9 Mabasa Sasa
10 Lebo Nkathazo
11 Petros Kausiyo
12 Nelson Banya
13 Violet Gonda
14 Carol Gombakomba
15 Collin Chimwanza
16 Tsitsi Matope
17 Ropafadzo Mapimhidze
18 Lloyd Mudiwa
19 Precious Shumba
20 Shame Makoshori
21Sandra Nyaira
22 Caesar Zvayi
23 Faith Zaba
24 Innocent Gore
25 Victoria Tapfumanei Ruzvidzo

Special mention

1 Michael Kariati
2 Itayi Musengeyi
3 Nkululeko Sibanda
4 Prisca Utete
5 Takunda Maodza
6 Wonder Guchu
7 Trust Khosa
8 Abel Chapatarongo
9 Godwill Zunidza
10 Kamurai Mudzingwa
12 Sherperd Muradzikwa
13 Rueben Barwe
14 Margaret Chinowaita
15 Patience Nyangove

Above are some of the top journalists who were closely involved with the media between 2000 and 2008. It begs the question now. Who would really have been the ideal editor of the state-run newspaper? Many, if not all, were once or are still employed by the state newspaper. Following the power sharing deal it dawned on me that this deal might also have to shake some structures. Almost every aspect of Zimbabwe has been Zanu-nised. Think of judiciary, army, police, media, information, state enterprises and then it boils down to the truckshop next door.

I think it would have been better to have a new party, to avoid having to have deputies, deputies and more deputies.

But back to the question, in my opinion the best person for the Herald job would have to be someone with a balanced character in terms of his implementing of an editorial policy that serves the public and put the media's role as the fourth Estate into proper perspective. That person must be an all rounder technically and academically. Whoever might land this role, post 2000 has produced polarised journalists as well.

I can not imagine having to take instructions on some state story covering Joseph Joyce and King. It would be another sickening stage in my career. It would have been ideal to have an election so that all old structures can be easily removed. I would have fancied my chance better because King Mugabe would not be there then. As things stand, we will have to wait another 5 or 6 years. I REST MY CASE


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Clutton Patsika a Zimbabwean journalist with The Southern Cross, a Catholic weekly has worked in a senior capacity for various newspapers in Zimbabwe including the Zimbabwe Daily Mirror and Daily News all shut down by the government. He specialises (more...)

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