February 6, 2014
COMMENT - Sounds like an MDC takeover. Zimpapers had better not go the route of NewZimbabwe, which has turned into a complete vulgar rag, with sensationalist news alternated with lots of ad hominem attacks on the state and the government. The continuous and underlying message being that Africans should not govern themselves - that should be left over to De Beers. - MrK
THE Zimbabwe Newspapers Group has appointed a new, 10-member board chaired by veteran civil servant and former Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Charles Utete, for a period of five years beginning February 1 this year. Dr Utete takes over from Dr Paul Chimedza, who won the Gutu South constituency seat for Zanu-PF in last year’s harmonised elections and was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care.
Only three members, businessman Mr Delma Lupepe, development consultant Dr Nyasha Madzingira and chartered accountant Mr Rungano Mbire were retained from the old board that had three other members – Dr Chimedza, Retired Brigadier-General Epmarcus Kanhanga and Dr Munyaradzi Kereke – resign to run for political office.
Rtd Brig-Gen Kanhanga subsequently won the Guruve North National Assembly seat on a Zanu-PF ticket and was appointed Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister, while Dr Kereke won the Bikita West National Assembly seat as an independent.
Three members from the old board, namely Mr Chakanyuka Karase, Alexander Kanengoni and Mr Joseph Mandizha, who were set to retire were not retained.
The new faces on the board are Mrs Doreen Sibanda (cultural expert and executive director of the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe), Mrs Karen Dube (dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Lupane State University), Mr Terrence Hussein (corporate lawyer), Mr George Manyere banking and corporate finance executive), Mr Felix Moyo (director of Information and Public Relations at the National University of Science and Technology), and Ms Rejoice Nharaunda (a renowned entrepreneur).