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HARARE - It is said that no amount of politicking or machinations can ever put a good person down for good.

The Daily News and the Daily News on Sunday are surely clear and living testaments to this adage.

After our titles were savagely shut down by President Robert Mugabe’s government in September 2003, for telling it like it is nogal (serial political flip-flopper and useful American messenger, Jonathan Moyo, starred in this monumental injustice), very few people gave us any chance of ever coming back.

Mugabe and this legendary turncoat, he with one of the thinnest of political skins in Zimbabwe, even though he enjoys giving it to others liberally, did not just shut down the Daily News — they sought to completely annihilate the newspaper.

Before they shut us down, goons clearly working in the interest of this axis of evil, had bombed our printing presses, and police, working under instruction from such political hyenas, had confiscated all our computers and maliciously dumped them in the baking sun and bucketing rain at a Harare depot so that this invaluable equipment — worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — could never be used again.

The suffering that this caused to the business, our staff and associated parties such as vendors and suppliers was unimaginable.

We just give praise to the Almighty that no life was lost as a direct result of this madness on the part of our rulers — even though the negative consequences of this heinous act on the country later proved to be immense.

Indeed, so much savagery — including Murambatsvina and the hundreds of political murders that took place in the cursed presidential runoff of 2008 — could only happen at that scale at least partly because the Daily News was not there to document this barbarism.

But come back we did early last year — and with an even bigger bang, confounding both our foes and friends.

And we intend to continue to grow and surprise everyone going into the future — barring new bombings and fresh state-sponsored terrorism targeted at us.

As we report on the front page of today's edition of our paper, the good times continue to roll at our company. The latest confirmation that the Daily News is already the best newspaper in the country again, by a mile, is the popular paper’s journalists scooping the highest number of awards at the 2012 National Journalism and Media Awards (Njama) held in Harare on Friday.

The paper had the highest number of nominations at six, and also won the highest number of awards at the glittering ceremony — giving credence to Zamps’ latest readership report which confirmed that the Daily News is not just the fastest growing newspaper in the country, but also the only national daily that is registering readership growth in the country.

While one or two of our would-be competitors have tried to carp on about how much they are trying to keep up with us — facts are stubborn, no matter how much this may hurt these would-be competitors; particularly as these two processes (Zamps and Njama) are both credible and independent.

We say thank you to all our key stakeholders — including our staff, vendors and advertisers — for it is you who make us great! - Staff Writer

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