Statement on veteran journalists Makuwerere Bwititi's death

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, ZUJ has announced the death of journalist, Makuwerere Bwititi.

Bwititi is reported to have passed away in Namibia on Sunday (29 January 2012) morning.

“Bwititi’s death is a sad chapter in the media industry and is devastating as it comes barely a fortnight after the passing on of veteran broadcaster Freedom Moyo of the ZBC," said the zuj secretary-general, Forster Dongozi.

Dongozi added that the death of Bwititi leaves a void of an experienced and internationally acclaimed journalist in the country.

Bwititi served as editor of The Chronicle, Manica Post and Southern Times. At the time of his death, he was one of the editorial managers at the New Era in Namibia.

“He was well versed, experienced and internationally respected. I personally worked with Bwititi at The Chronicle in the 1990s and developed a very close professional and personal friendship,” said Dongozi.

Dongozi said at The Chronicle, Bwititi brought a rich resume which had seen him work for the government as a press officer and as a journalist at ZIANA where he was on the Presidential Press Corps before joining the Zimpapers stable.

“We will also cherish his work ethic, sociable personality and learn from his rich legacy. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Theresa, (Amai Owen) and his children. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Dongozi.

Bwititi’s body is expected to arrive in the country from Namibia on Wednesday or Thursday. Mourners are gathered at Stand number 10462 at the Bwititi homestead in Concession.

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