George Charamba who is the spokesperson of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a ferocious response to former Acting Herald Editor, Tichaona Zindoga after he had mocked the publication he left only recently over its story titled “G40 pays Mubaiwa legal fees”.
Posting on Twitter, Charamba who uses the handle @Jamwanda2 said:
Former Herald Editor Trashes Publication Over Marry Chiwenga Story. When a bulgy hollow head turns the coat!!
And the home-boys who listen to you by the collar in a lift ran down the Herald to its nadir!!
Trying too hard to sound profound after a pallid editorship!
I suppose hard statistics make for the grapevine?
No problem mate. Give us the story of your editorship by: circulation, pagination, advertorial patronage and of course sales – not net profit, just gross sales!! Compare all those with what you inherited from Editor Zvayi. Then we take the conversation a whit further!!
Again you demonstrate your earthiness. Herald is a public good; everyone agonized over its rapid, precipitous decline under you, at one stage plummeting to 5 000 daily! And going by my own experience, you had taken to sending two copies of each issue to a subscriber!
Let’s move beyond the quantitative to the qualitative. Tell us one story you broke during your editorship; one editorial comment that was lifted by any other newspaper, local, let alone foreign. Count for us number of corrections, retractions & basic grammatical/spelling errors!
After all that and much more, tell us how you are fit to pass judgment of William Chikoto, a veteran journalist who practised when you were still agonizing in high school, and years before Cde Zvayi picked you from…eh… you know where, before you stabbed him in the back.
Place it in public domain and we tell you what you don’t want the world to know! And for a whole Editor who doesn’t know when you take over you inherit a going brand? Aah!!