Sources at ZBC’s Pockets Hill headquarters said General Manager of News and Current affairs, Tazzen Mandizvidza effected the ban saying the move was meant to “protect the image” of the company.
A producer at the state broadcaster said the controversial television presenter who was popular in the social circles among politicians and other connected people, was now restricted to translating English news to vernacular languages.
“We were told by Mandizvidza that Sonangani was no longer fit to read television news because of her deteriorating health. At one point she could not stop coughing while live on air and this did not go down well with the powers that be,” said the source.
This is not the first time ZBC has discriminated workers on ill health. Several now deceased journalists were in the past deprived of an opportunity to accompany President Mugabe on international trips when their health deteriorated.
Another ZBC staffer said it was surprising that Mandizvidza was now discriminating against Sonangani, yet the two used to be close allies hanging out together at social events.
Ncube also allegedly used to organize young interns and junior workers for her news boss resulting in the head of human resources, Benania Shumba launching an enquiry to investigate allegations of sexual abuse.
The results of the investigations were never announced, as the case was said to have been swept under the carpet.