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By Staff Reporter

A SECOND reporter has quit the Zimbabwe Mirror Newspaper Group citing frustration following a public-funded takeover of the company by state intelligence.

Nkululeko Sibanda, the paper's longest serving reporter having joined The Daily Mirror in 2002 resigned last Friday.

A source at the Mirror said Sibanda was forced to resign after his stories were "spiked" for months in what appeared to be an attempt to push him out.

“Nkululeko handed his resignation letter to Brian Mangwende the assistant editor last Friday. He traveled from his base in Bulawayo and handed it in person," a source said.

The source added: "Last year, the very few articles that made it into the paper had no bylines."

The journalist’s resignation becomes the second since the paper was taken over by the Central Intelligence Organisation in a covert operation bankrolled by tax payers' money.

In March this year, Paidamoyo Chipunza, the paper's award winning health reporter resigned citing undue pressure. She remains unemployed.

In January another reporter was fired in an ongoing purge against those perceived to be aligned to former proprietor Ibbotson Day Mandaza.

Several others have been suspended on flimsy charges and later reinstated.

Apart from the journalistsm, other staff members have not been spared.

In February the CIO awarded journalists hefty salaries in an attempt to pacify them.
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