HARARE – CapiTalk station manager Napoleon Nyanhi and star presenter Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa have left the Zimbabwe Newspapers Group-owned radio station in an ongoing purge of journalists exhibiting an independent streak.
Nyanhi was sent home after the radio station opened phone lines in the wake of the August 1 military massacre in Harare, in which at least seven people were killed and dozens others injured when soldiers opened fire on opposition protesters.
Parirenyatwa, meanwhile, found herself in the crosshairs of government information wonks after an interview last Wednesday during which her guest, the National Patriotic Front’s Jealousy Mawarire, was highly critical of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and the British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing. The diplomat is a regime favourite for propping-up President Emmerson Mnangagwa in London.
The departures follow news that The Sunday Mail deputy editor Munyaradzi Huni was forced out last week after 25 years with the organisation.
Nyanhi’s exit had long been rumoured after the station opened phone lines in the aftermath of the military deployment on Harare’s streets which ended in bloodbath, and which will be investigated by a commission made up of local and international experts, according to President Mnangagwa.
Callers hit out at the military and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, identifying him as the instigator of the atrocity and blaming him for the militarisation of the state. Despite his appointment to the government, Chiwenga remains at the same office he occupied as Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander at Defence House in Harare.
The retired army general, who became Vice President last December after leading a military coup that ousted former President Robert Mugabe, is reported to have been alerted to the phone-in before calling a senior Information Ministry official.
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