ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH), the publishers of NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard, on Thursday appointed award-winning investigative journalist Dumisani Muleya as the editor of the Independent with effect from Wednesday.
Muleya takes over from Constantine Chimakure who has been appointed editor of NewsDay, while former editor of the newspaper Brian Mangwende is now group associate editor. The appointments are with effect from February 1.
The restructuring of the group’s senior editorial management was announced by AMH chairman Trevor Ncube.
Muleya was promoted from his former position of assistant editor of the Independent. Mangwende will lead the AMH investigative team and the group political desk.
Ncube said: “The intention is to familiarise our senior managers with each brand and to match an individual skills set and experience with their interests. We are empowering our pool of talent to be able to work across all our products.”
“The new appointments are part of a major restructuring exercise as AMH forges ahead with plans to streamline and modernise newsroom operations,”said AMH Editor-in-Chief Vincent Kahiya. “The restructuring exercise should culminate in the establishment of a converged content generation factory publishing on various platforms.”
Muleya has won several awards including the prestigious CNN/Multichoice African Journalists Awards in 2006 when he won the Free Press Africa Award for sterling investigative reporting. He is one of the longest-serving journalists in the group having joined the Independent as a reporter in 1998.
Chimakure joined the Independent in June 2007 and was promoted to editor in 2010. Mangwende joined NewsDay as assistant editor in 2010 from The Financial Gazette where he was news editor. He rose to the position of deputy editor the same year.