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Zimpapers get rid of “Baba Jukwa”

HARARE – The fate of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi has now been sealed after he was officially booted out from his position and replaced by Mabasa Sasa, the man who has been acting editor since June 2014.

Jonathan Moyo and Edmund Kudzayi
Jonathan Moyo and Edmund Kudzayi

Kudzayi was arrested last year on allegations that he set up and ran the popular but controversial Baba Jukwa Facebook page. The case against him appears to have collapsed with the charges being withdrawn before plea.

The state however insists it is still pursuing extra-territorial investigations and will proceed by way of summons if need be.

Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo who has since been demoted to the less influential Higher and Tertiary Education Ministry was the one who appointed Kudzayi.

On Monday Zimpapers Group Chief Executive Mr Pikirayi Deketeke announced in a statement four senior appointments to fill vacant positions at the head office and the newspaper and radio divisions.

Mr Farai Matanhire is the new Group Chief Finance Officer replacing Mr Adolf Majome, who left the group last year.

Mr Matanhire previously worked as finance director at Lafarge Cement Ltd and also held senior finance positions at several other companies.

Mabasa Sasa, who has been acting editor of The Sunday Mail since June 2014, has been appointed as the substantive editor of the publication.

He previously served as Editor of the Southern Times based in Namibia from April 2011 to November 2013 when he became Deputy Editor of The Herald.

Comfort Mbofana has been appointed general manager of Zimpapers’ radio station, Star FM.

He previously served as deputy general manager and programmes manager of the same radio station.

Joram Nyathi replaces Sasa as Deputy Editor of The Herald after serving as Senior Assistant Editor and Group Political Editor since December 2013 until his latest appointment.

The appointments are with effect from August 1, 2015.