By Staff Reporter
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is reported to have turned down the resignation of its chief correspondent Reuben Barwe after he reached the retirement age of 60 in March this year.
“I reached retirement age in March this year and tendered my resignation in August because I wanted to help cover the harmonised elections, but the ZBC management offered me a new contract for three years and I am still around at the ZBC doing my professional work,” Barwe is quoted as saying.
Famous for dragging his name when he signs off on his reports, Barwe who joined the ZBC in 1997 as a junior reporter denied charges that he was biased.
“It is not true that I am biased but I am patriotic. I am not threatened by the political developments in the country as I respect the political processes that are happening.”
But Barwe’s role in propping up the Zanu PF regime saw him put on travel restrictions by the European Union. The sanctions enforced in response to gross human rights abuses by Zanu PF and targeted individuals and companies who played a key role in aiding and abetting the regime.
Six Zimbabwean journalists, Barwe, Judith Makwanya, Pikirayi Deketeke, Caesar Zvayi, Munyaradzi Huni and Happison Muchechetere were placed on the targeted sanctions list by the European Union. The sanctions were only lifted last year in February after a review by the EU.