Ru­vheneko’s Plat­form canned by ZiFM!

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Edi­tor

POP­U­LAR ZiFM Stereo per­son­al­ity Ru­vheneko Parireny­atwa has opened up about be­ing canned from her cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme – The Plat­form.

Ru­vheneko was last heard pre­sent­ing The Plat­form on May 16 – the day her in­ter­view with con­tro­ver­sial Pas­tor Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag cam­paign and Zanu-PF ac­tivist-cum po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Tafadzwa Musarara spi­ralled out of con­trol.

The two men went at each other on air and lost their cool. While they were at it, Twit­ter went into over­drive with peo­ple at­tack­ing Musarara for un­pro­fes­sion­al­ism and blam­ing Ru­vheneko for fail­ing to mod­er­ate the dis­cus­sion. Through her in­ter­view, Pas­tor Evan– who is viewed as an ally of the West bent on de­mon­is­ing the Gov­ern­ment — was cat­a­pulted to fame — giv­ing the sta­tion a headache as to how to man­age the sit­u­a­tion. As a re­sult of the in­ter­view, Ru­vheneko had to be im­me­di­ately taken off air, leav­ing her to fo­cus on her job as pro­grammes man­ager. On Tues­day, as ZiFM Stereo em­ploy­ees cel­e­brated the ra­dio sta­tion’s fourth anniversary, Ru­vheneko used that plat­form to tell her followers on so­cial me­dia net­works that she was no longer host­ing The Plat­form. “Wow. Four years ago, my jour­ney on Zim ra­dio be­gan. How time flies and how things change. I’ve been taken off air so I’m no longer host­ing The Plat­form on ZiFM but ev­ery minute that I did was al­ways so worth it,” posted Ru­vheneko on her pages. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Chron­i­cle Show­biz, Ru­vheneko said The Plat­form was still be­ing aired on ZiFM Stereo – but with a new pre­sen­ter. “The Plat­form still ex­ists but I no longer host it. My last day on air was on May 16 when I in­ter­viewed Pas­tor Evan and Tafadzwa Musarara. Af­ter that, there were com­pli­ca­tions and I was in­formed I’d been taken off air. “Farai Mwaku­tuya who presents — Ask The MP and En­ter­prise Zim­babwe, now presents The Plat­form.”

Ru­vheneko, who was pro­moted to pro­grammes man­ager last year, had been re­spon­si­ble for The Plat­form– a pro­gramme she took over from the sta­tion’s founder – Supa Mandi­wanzira in 2013 af­ter he re­signed to avoid con­flict of in­ter­est when he was ap­pointed Deputy Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices. Mandi­wanzira had named the pro­gramme – Head On – be­fore Ru­vheneko re­branded it.

“I de­cided to re­brand the pro­gramme as I wanted to give it my per­son­alised touch. The pur­pose of The Plat­form was to give peo­ple a plat­form to talk about the things they can’t al­ways talk about to the peo­ple they can’t al­ways talk to.”

The Plat­form, which airs on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days be­tween 7:30PM and 8:30PM, saw most de­ci­sion mak­ers and gov­ern­ment min­is­ters in­clud­ing her fa­ther — David — the Min­is­ter of Health — be­ing put on the spot.

Her mem­o­rable in­ter­views in­cluded that of Zifa pres­i­dent — Philip Chiyangwa — who got emo­tional af­ter a caller re­quested that he tells the na­tion what acronyms Zifa, Caf and Fifa meant; pompous Sir Wick­nell Chivhayo who was re­duced to size when he failed to state his net worth; Acie Lu­mumba who dug deeper and clashed with Ru­vheneko in the process; Mines Min­is­ter Walter Chid­hakwa on the missing $15 bil­lion di­a­mond rev­enue saga and Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter — Lazarus Dokora when he was re­ferred to as Do­fora for his poli­cies. Her other in­ter­views were with a sex worker from Ep­worth and trans­gen­der — Tate­licious.

Through Ru­vheneko’s un­apolo­getic char­ac­ter on air and nose for news, she pop­u­larised The Plat­form– mak­ing it one of the sta­tion’s most sought af­ter pro­grammes. Her hard work saw her be­ing recog­nised by var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions who re­warded her and the ra­dio sta­tion. She thanked followers for sup­port­ing her say­ing she had en­joyed each mo­ment on the show de­scrib­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence as rewarding.

“It took me a long time to talk about go­ing off air but I’m now at peace. The show had be­come a part of me as my top­ics came nat­u­rally. I looked for­ward to it ev­ery week as I was pas­sion­ate about it.”

Followers of the vi­brant per­son­al­ity can still watch her on ZBCtv where she hosts another cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme – My Fu­ture.

“My Fu­ture airs ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 6:30PM. I’m glad that the show is gain­ing mo­men­tum and I’m con­fi­dent it’ll change the game,” said Ru­vheneko.

Last night on My Fu­ture, Ru­vheneko in­ter­viewed ty­coon, Frank Buyanga.

– Twit­ter @maf­farro

Pass­ing the ba­ton. . . Then ZiFM Stereo talk cham­pi­ons - Supa Mandi­wanzira, Ru­vheneko Parireny­atwa, Farai Mwaku­tuya (new Plat­form host) and Nunudzai pose in this photo taken when ZiFM launched in 2012

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