Word from The Herald is that many at Zimpapers are celebrating the fall of a dwarf in giant robes. When Tichaona Zindoga was summoned by the Wing Commander, the Zimpapers board chair, he was told that he had been fired because he was incompetent, inexperienced and a sellout!
After telling Zindoga that he had been fired, Wing Commander Tommy Sithole ordered him to “take 15 minutes to clear your office. Take what is yours and never come back. You failed to do your job”. Shaken, Zindoga started crying; begging to be retained as deputy editor!
When the Wing Commander told him that he could not be retained as deputy editor, Zindoga begged to be demoted to his earlier position of political editor. An irritated Sithole then barked at him: “Chief you are not listening to me. You are not wanted here. Just go!”
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Earlier, Sithole had assigned his 1980s Zimpapers editorial colleague, Davison Maruziva, to assess Zindoga as Herald editor. Maruziva’s report was a big NO. He found that Zindoga had no capacity and that he referred everything to Nick Mangwana, who also has no capacity!
After Sithole told Zindoga to go and clear his office where his dismissal letter would be sent in 15 minutes, the sun fell down on him. He phoned Mangwana who said he was in Egypt and could not help. Nick later texted some officials calling Zindoga “stupid and reckless”!
When he did not get any joy from Mangwana, a devastated Zindoga phoned information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, asking her to intercede for him. Monica expressed indignant surprise: “Uchiripo ikoko? Awusi kudiwa. Kana vakuru varamba. Chienda. Chibva ipapo iwe”!
As a backdrop, Zindoga had read the writing on the wall and saw the trouble coming. He sought help from Auxillia Mnangagwa who hit the roof and said “urimutengesi iwe“. Shocked, Zindoga went to Isaac Moyo, CIO Director-General, to ask for “protection”. It was a long shot!
Ironically, while The Herald is burning, having had four editors within 12 months, Trevor Ncube’s newly promoted editors find the burning Herald House attractive. Recently Wisdom Mudzungairi sought to be Herald editor, while Faith Zaba sought to be Sunday Mail editor!
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