MISA Zimbabwe is a membership-based organisation. Membership is open to all media practitioners, both individuals and institutions that subscribe to MISA Zimbabwe ideals and values. Currently, MISA Zimbabwe individual members include media practitioners working in private, online, community and public media institutions. Institutional members include media houses and journalism and media training institutions. Individuals and institutions renew their membership annually (information on how you do this, fees and the membership form are available here).
MISA Zimbabwe members meet annually during an Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM elects members of the MISA Zimbabwe National Governing Council and is the highest decision-making structure of the organisation.
Chris Chinaka: Senior Journalist
Faith Zaba: Deputy Editor of The Zimbabwe Independent
David Maruziva: Senior Journalist
Kelvin Jakachira: Senior Journalist
Kelvin is a senior journalist and Group Head of News and Current Affairs for ZiFM Stereo and Hevoi FM, 98.4 under the AB Communications stable. With a diploma in Mass Communications from Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe, he has over twenty-six (26) years of experience working in the Zimbabwean media sector as a journalist and editor. Kelvin has worked for state and private media house publications which include Modus Publications; Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe and Alpha Media Holdings. Before his current position as a trustee, Kelvin served as a National Governing Council member and acting chairperson on the MISA Zimbabwe board.
National Governing Council
Every three years, MISA Zimbabwe members elect five members to serve on the National Governing Council. Four of the five Council members are elected from among the membership during the annual general meeting. In line with our quest to ensure that there is adequate gender representation, MISA Zimbabwe leaves space to elect at least two females onto the board. One member, either a lawyer or a chartered accountant, is co-opted based on their area of expertise.
Chairperson: Golden Maunganidze
Golden is an award-winning journalist and Publisher/ Director of TellZim News newspaper based in Masvingo. He has over ten years’ experience working in the Zimbabwean media industry as a journalist, editor (Mirror), lecturer and publisher. He is also currently the director of Great Zimbabwe University Campus Radio and he lectures practical journalism courses at the same university. Maunganidze was an Edward R. Murrow fellow (2011) as well as a 2016 Mandela Washington fellow. He is currently pursuing his PhD studies with Tilburg University in The Netherlands.
Vice Chairperson: Rutendo Mawere
Rutendo is a senior journalist/media practitioner with experience in newspapers, online/new media and radio. She is a holder of a Masters in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe and a B.Sc. Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). She has received training from the International Institute for Journalism in Germany; Belgium’s International News Safety Institute and the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. In her 13 year career, she has worked for the Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, Amnesty International Zimbabwe, Alpha Media Holdings and Genderlinks.
Treasurer: Martha Mashonganyika
Martha is currently an accounting consultant with over ten years of experience in the accounting and finance field, with most of those years directly attributable to developmental and humanitarian agencies. She is a holder of a BSc. Honours in Applied Accounting. She has been the Head of the Finance Department for two local NGOs. Development partners worked with include USAID, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Department for International Development, and the European Union among others.
Committee member: Pamenus Tuso
Pamenus is a Holder of a Diploma in Journalism with the Christian College of Southern Africa and Online Media Management Certificate with the International Institute for Journalism in Germany. During his 15-year journalism career, he has worked for various provincial, national and international media organisations. Currently, he is a correspondent for several international and local media organisations. He is a former Zimbabwe Union of Journalists national executive member.
Committee member: Ruth Butaumocho
Ruth is a CNN award-winning journalist with 20 years of media experience, working for a leading media house in Zimbabwe, The Herald. She is the current Managing Editor for The Herald, stewarding over 50 practising journalists on news reportage. Throughout her journalism career, Ruth has been covering women and developmental issues in and around Zimbabwe. Butaumocho holds an MSc. in International Affairs from the Midlands State University and has received extensive training from WIN-IFRA’s leadership training that mentors senior female journalists across Africa.
National Director: Tabani Moyo
Tabani is responsible for overseeing the administration and programme implementation in line with MISA Zimbabwe’s strategic plan. Other key duties include staff supervision and fundraising as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with various organisations, including government, to strategically enhance MISA Zimbabwe’s mission. The national director is also the organisation’s primary spokesperson (in addition to other duties as assigned by the board). Currently sits on the IFEX (a global network promoting and defending freedom of expression) governing council on behalf of the MISA regional network.
Finance and Administration Manager: Ophias Kimbini
Ophias develops and implements accounting and management systems for MISA Zimbabwe for the effective management of the organisation’s financial and human resources and efficient delivery of support to programme implementation.
Finance Officer: Taziva Simango
Taziva assists the finance manager in supervising the finance department in the accurate and timely updating of books of accounts. Preparation and assistance with compliance and annual external audits.
Programmes Co-ordinator: Nyasha Nyakunu
Nyasha is responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of approved programmes and budgets in line with the vision of MISA Zimbabwe. Supervises the implementation of activities by all programme officers.
Programmes Officer, Legal, ICT Policy: Kuda Hove
Kuda develops and delivers strategic legal interventions under the Media Defence Fund in the promotion and protection of freedom of expression and the right to information in Zimbabwe. He is also tasked with information and communications technologies sectors engagement to foster the exercise and enjoyment of freedom of expression, digital rights and the right to information.
Administration Officer: Annie Musodza
Annie attends to MISA Zimbabwe administrative issues in consultation with the finance and administration manager. The position also provides administrative support to MISA Zimbabwe programme officers to ensure effective execution of their work.
MISA Zimbabwe’s annual reports are available here.