Tribune sends staff on leave

Gift Phiri

MANAGEMENT at the closed Tribune newspaper has sent the bulk of staff on leave while it pursues its litigation against the Media and Information Commission (MIC).



ce=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Tribune publishers, Africa Tribune Newspapers (ATN), sent the workers home after the paper’s closure last month on allegations of failing to notify the MIC of changes in its ownership structure and other related issues.

ATN publisher Kindness Paradza told workers on Monday that the company could no longer pay them, as it no longer had any income.

The ATN challenged its closure in court but the High Court reserved judgement.


Tribune operations director Nevanji Madanhire said workers had been sent on leave except management, human resources, IT staff and receptionists.

“Our line of production has been suspended. We don’t want to keep on accumulating debt from telephone bills and so forth,” said Madanhire. “In our letter to staff we gave them one month leave. We will review the situation next month.”


The forced leave came as a surprise to workers because the paper had indicated it would retain all staff while it fights the court battle.

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