Sacked Herald Editor Jorum Nyathi has accused Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa and her permanent secretary Nick Mangwana of engineering his exit from the state controlled newspaper as they wanted to "hunt with their dogs."
Nyathi was fired from The Herald in January 2019 for failing to place a picture of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had returned from a foreign trip, on the front page of the paper.
He remained quiet until Wednesday night where he commented for the first time on his departure from the state controlled paper.
"I'm listening to ZBV TV program 'Combating corruption.' What hit me hard on the nose is Hon Misihairabwi-Mushonga's reference to a Shona adage that munhu anovhima nembga dzake (a person hunts with their dogs) . It's rumoured that's how Mangwana and Mutsvangwa got rid of me from the Herald," said Nyathi.
"While saying everyone must hunt with own dogs sounds commonsensical in village parlance, it's terrible in the broader society. It's this mentality which has seen every minister appointing own parastatal boards all the time and how this entrenches nepotism, cronyism and other shades of corruption because, in a manner of speaking, minister becomes "appointing" officer. My dogs do my bidding regardless of what rules require."
Nyathi said the mentality is bad in the fight against corruption.
"Meritocracy demands that people be engaged on merit, not based on who's new head of department. I expected Hon Mushonga to be more nuanced in her attack on the institutional structures and personnel she says ZACC inherited from previous regime," said Nyathi.