Loyalists of presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, are reportedly the victims of a purge at Herald where they have been reassigned to positions of less influence.
According to ZimLive, three senior journalists; News editor Takunda Maodza, chief reporter Felex, and senior reporter Tendai Mugabe have been reassigned to head provincial bureaus of paper, positions of reduced influence. The changes are being executed by current Herald acting editor, Tichaona Zindoga.
The 3 are reported to be challenging the reassignment. A journalist commented:
They have been told that it’s a lateral transfer, which means they keep the same pay grade, but moving a whole news editor to a provincial outpost is clearly absurd. In any case Zindoga is only acting in the position, where does he derive such sweeping authority?
Zindoga assumed his acting position after former editor, Joram Nyathi was fired for not having Mnangagwa’s picture on the front page of the paper. Nyathi had himself replaced another Charamba loyalist, Caesar Zvayi, who was also reassigned to a less influential role last year.