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Mduduzi Mathuthu set to be fired as editor of Southern Times

Over three years after making a shock switch to join the state owned media in Zimbabwe, former New Zimbabwe editor Mduduzi Mathuthu is on the verge of being sacked as editor of the Southern Times.

Jonathan Moyo shares a drink with Mduduzi Mathuthu
Jonathan Moyo shares a drink with Mduduzi Mathuthu

According to Nehanda Radio sources, Mathuthu is in trouble over a story analysing Zimbabwe’s relationship with China. The headline “This way Mr President.. Zanu PF must learn from China.. ” did not go down well with the ruling Zanu PF party establishment.

The front page article further bluntly commented; “The major talking points within Zanu PF and within the Chinese Communist Party conferences could not be more different. China used to be like us, until they got tired of mediocrity.”

According to Nehanda Radio sources, Mathuthu is in trouble over a story analysing Zimbabwe's relationship with China. The headline "This way Mr President.. Zanu PF must learn from China.. " did not go down well with the ruling Zanu PF party establishment.
According to Nehanda Radio sources, Mathuthu is in trouble over a story analysing Zimbabwe’s relationship with China. The headline “This way Mr President.. Zanu PF must learn from China.. ” did not go down well with the ruling Zanu PF party establishment.

A source high up the Zimpapers ladder has told Nehanda Radio that Information Ministry Permanent Secretary and President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba has directed the Zimpapers board led by Delma Lupepe to approve the sacking.

We also understand Mathuthu attended a hearing this week and a decision was made to sack him the following day. Although nothing has been signed yet, Mathuthu has already been informed of his fate and a package is being prepared in the region of $20 000.

Other sources have told Nehanda Radio that because nothing has been put in writing yet, Mathuthu remains a Zimpapers employee and will continue reporting for duty.

In May last year Mathuthu was demoted from his position as editor of the state-owned Chronicle newspaper and told to pack his bags and head to Namibia to become editor of the little-known Southern Times newspaper based in Windhoek. The Southern Times is a joint venture between the Namibian and Zimbabwean governments.

Seen as a pioneering anti-government critic who led the internet revolution when he founded the UK based New Zimbabwe.com website, Mathuthu shocked many when he agreed to leave the UK and head back to Zimbabwe to edit a state owned newspaper.

His close relationship with the then Information Minister Jonathan Moyo was to many the reason why he was appointed to the post. Moyo was demoted to the Higher Education Ministry and it appears his proteges are being purged one by one. Nehanda Radio

  • @Mathuthu why dont you break this news first

  • Mboko

    The troubles of being a newspaper editor. Good journalists such as Mathuthu and the likes of Geoff Nyarota are a pain to Zanu PF because they tell the truth

  • Fogmaster

    pains of being politically incorrect.

    • Mukanya

      Also willing to be USED and later dumped like the favourite over publicized plastic device called CONDOM!!!!

  • aikakašŸ˜³

  • Traitor!

  • Diva Dollar

    He’s a disgrace…a turncoat…he learnt his ways from his blesser and partner…Jonathan.

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