End of road for Mirror

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Mirror Newspaper, publishers of the defunct Daily Mirror and its sister paper, The Sunday Mirror that closed its doors due to financial constraints has told workers they have no funds to pay them.
Impeccable sources who attended a meeting between the workers and ma

nagement at the company’s premises at Charter House last week said their future was now ‘bleak and in jeopardy’ as the CIO-owned firm continues playing hide and seek about their actual position.
“We are now fed up with their empty promises. Since May up to now they kept saying they will reopen. At Wednesday’s meeting they said we would come to work on August 1. It’s absurd, they must just tell us that hapasisina basa, full stop,” said one editor who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation.
Despite previous promises by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono, that the papers would be back on the street ‘sooner’ after pledging to inject billions of dollars, chances of the company’s return are very slim.
Since its closure, the firm had been hard hit by massive exodus of experienced journalists that ranges from editors to senior reporters.
“Even if it comes back, no one except Zanu (PF) bootlickers would dare buy the papers, given that only a skeleton editorial staff straight from the school of journalism is left,” said the source.
Veteran journalists in the vein of The Sunday Mirror news editor, Tichaona Zinhumwe, features editor and novelist Phillip Chidavaenzi, chief writer, Kuda Chikwanda and news editor, Constantine Chimakure have since joined other companies. – Chakanza Paranji

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