HARARE – Veteran newsman Geoff Nyarota has left his new role as Head of Journalism and Communication Training at the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), barely a month after the appointment was announced.
Nyarota, the founding editor of The Daily News, told ZimLive the parting had been amicable, suggesting there had been disagreement over his pay.
“I don’t wish to say anything that places the welfare of the students at CCOSA or of the institution itself in jeopardy. But sadly, CCOSA, like many other institutions in Zimbabwe today, is faced with daunting challenges and management did not seem to possess the level of resources required to sustain my contract,” Nyarota said.
“So, we shook hands and parted ways amicably and quietly in the interests of all concerned in the understanding that we can review our relationship at some point in the future. They have my blessings and best wishes.”
Nyarota’s appointment was announced in January, and he had spoken enthusiastically about his new role.
He had plans to “employ top-class journalists to produce a journalism graduate who will be the favourite recruit of editors in the region in terms of journalism best-practices and journalism ethics,” he said.
“The journalist we seek to train will be fully operational on different platforms — print, radio, television and digital, with a flair for investigative journalism.”
CCOSA was established in 1976 by American missionary, William K Warner, and is one of the leading journalism training institutions in Zimbabwe.
No response had been received to questions sent to CCOSA at the time of publication. This story will be updated when their response is received.