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Joseph Madhimba voted best newsreader

By Lance Guma

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HARARE – Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) TV news anchor Joseph Madhimba is the country’s greatest newsreader according to an online poll of 2107 Nehanda Radio listeners and readers of its website.

Joseph Madhimba
Joseph Madhimba

The poll conducted over three weeks saw Madhimba get 925 votes about 44 percent of total votes cast. In second place was former ZBC newsreader Jestina Mukoko who received 252 votes (12%) of the votes cast.

Collin Harvey 3rd with 185 votes (9%), Alson Mfiri 4th with 134 votes (6%) and the late Tsitsi Vera with 93 votes (4%) made the top 5 newsreaders in our poll. Noreen Welch now based in New Zealand came 6th with 88 votes (4%).

Alice Chavunduka who has worked for global news giant Cable News Network (CNN) came 7th with 85 votes (4%). The ever humorous Lovemore Banda came 8th with 81 votes (4%) of the votes cast.

Madhimba was at one time the Head of Department for Business Management at the Polytechnic of Namibia before he was controversially sacked last year.

Allegations are that he irregularly awarded marks to students and was also found to have had a steamy sexual relationship with at least one student.

Questions were raised why other lecturers at the institution who were involved in similar relationships were never fired. Shortly before his suspension, in November 2011, Madhimba had implicated senior staff in allegations of corruption and unethical behaviour.

Jestina Mukoko now the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project has been a thorn in the flesh for the Mugabe regime.

In December 2008 she was abducted from her Norton home and tortured in solitary confinement for 19 days while they tried to force her to admit recruiting youths for military training in Botswana to dislodge Mugabe from power.

Alice Chavunduka who has had jobs with SABC TV and CNN has had an equally eventful life. In June 2011, it was reported she was arrested for not paying her bill at a South African seafood restaurant.

Chavunduka was arrested and spent two nights at the Sandton police station holding cells because she allegedly could not afford the R500 bail.

Below are the top 13 newsreaders. The 24 extra votes belong to four newsreaders eliminated in the first round of voting.  

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Votes
Percentage
1
Joseph Madhimba
925
44
2
Jestina Mukoko
252
12
3
Collin Harvey
185
9
4
Alson Mfiri
134
6
5
Tsitsi Vera
93
4
6
Noreen Welch
88
4
7
Alice Chavunduka
85
4
8
Lovemore Banda
81
4
9
Sithokozile Mpala
56
3
10
Shingirai Virimai Tungwarara
54
3
11
Godfrey Majonga
46
2
12
Dorcas Munyoro
43
2
13
Musi Khumalo
41
2
Votes from elimination rounds
24
1
2107