The country’s biggest English daily, The Namibian, has been rocked by the resignation of senior staff members, including the newspaper’s number two in command, Managing Editor Christof Maletsky and News Editor Wonder Guchu allegedly because of clashes on how the newspaper should be run.
The Namibian Editor, Tangeni Amupadi, recently announced the departure of the two editors and that of head of operations and circulation, Hofney Kanadjembo, to staff members through an email that was leaked to the Windhoek Observer.
“In the past couple of weeks, I got some extraordinary resignations of people key to the management and functioning of The Namibian,” Amupadi said to staff. “Christof Maletsky is the standout person among those resignations. His departure is significant because he has been my deputy for six years and the longest-serving journalist at The Namibian, for 26 years.”
Amupadi thanked Christof for his dedication to The Namibian.
“More than that, I deeply thank Christof for being an ultimate cool-headed professional in the midst of a very demanding Tangeni. He will not be easy to replace. In fact, I wouldn’t lie to myself and try to find another Christof,” he said, adding that it’s a huge loss to have the three senior staff members leave in quick succession.
Contacted for comment, Amupadi could not say why the three senior staff members were leaving and also denied that he had personal clashes with his lieutenants.
“I don’t know. You have to ask them why they are resigning because it was their decision to go. Don’t you think that it is only right that they tell you why they are leaving?”
“I have not heard of those [personality] clashes, you probably know more than I do,” he said.
Asked what impact the resignations would have on the operations of the newspaper, Amupadi said, “None, as proven in the past when other senior members left.”