New appointments at Independent

Staff Writer

IN a major restructuring exercise, the publisher of the Zimbabwe Independent Trevor Ncube has announced the appointment of Vincent Kahiya as the paper’s Editor.



ce=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Kahiya (34) takes over from Iden Wetherell who joins management as Group Projects Editor.


Joram Nyathi, formerly managing editor, has been promoted to the position of Deputy Editor. Chief reporter Dumisani Muleya is now News Editor while veteran business writer Ngoni Chanakira has been promoted to Business Editor.


Kahiya joined the Independent in 1997 as a reporter and was promoted to senior political reporter in 1998. He became news editor in 1999, a position he held until his latest appointment. Prior to joining the Independent Kahiya worked briefly for the Sunday Gazette as a sports reporter. He holds a Diploma in Journalism and Communications and another in public relations.


Nyathi (42) has wide media experience spanning back more than 12 years. He joined the Independent in 1996 as a sub-editor having worked for the Financial Gazette from 1992. He was appointed chief-sub editor in 1997 and subsequently promoted to assistant editor in 2000. He became managing editor in August last year.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree inEnglish from the University of Zimbabwe and a diploma in public relations.


Muleya (29) joined the In-dependent in1997 as a poli-tical reporterafter attain-ing a journa-lism diplomafrom the Ha-rare Polytechnic. He later moved up to senior reporter and more recently chief reporter.


Ngoni Chanakira (39) has worked in the local and international media as a journalist and public relations practitioner for over 16 years.


A graduate of the Harare Polytechnic, he began his journalism career as a junior reporter at the Financial Gazette in 1988 and rose through the ranks attaining the positions of features editor, farming editor and chief sub-editor.


In 1993 he was appointed editor of the Sunday Gazette, a position he held until he left for the United States where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations.


Chanakira has also worked as business editor of the Daily News and accounts director for Spectrum Public Relations.


He is joined at the business desk by Conrad Dube who was previously a business reporter at the paper.


Wetherell said he was confident the changes would position the Independent for continued growth.


“The team now in place is tried and tested,” he said. “I have every confidence they will keep the Independent at the cutting edge of journalism in this country. And readers will hopefully soon see the improvements I have been commissioned to carry out.”


Ncube said the changes had been some months in planning.

“This is a move that (Group General Manager) Raphael Khumalo and Iden have been working on for some time and I am confident it will deliver dividends to readers.” (See Editor’s memo)

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