Freedom Moyo dies

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The media fraternity has been plunged into mourning after broadcaster Freedom Moyo died in Harare yesterday after succumbing to injuries he sustained in a horrific car accident.

Moyo, who was ZBC current affairs and research manager, was seriously injured in an accident on Saturday morning. He was 37. He was admitted at West End Clinic intensive care unit where he died around 3am yesterday.

Popularly known as “MaFree” in journalistic circles, Moyo will be buried tomorrow at Habane Township in Esigodini.

He is survived by four children, three daughters and a son.

Yesterday, colleagues from across the divide paid condolences to the Moyo family as they mourned a journalist described by many as a “professional par excellence”.

Among those who went to Moyo’s Harare residence was Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and scores of journalists from both the State and independent media.

ZBC spokesperson Sivukile Simango described the death as shocking and untimely, adding: “We are deeply saddened here at ZBC by the loss of Freedom.

It has been a very bad start for the New Year for us.

Only on Sunday last week, we were burying Paul Mtangadura, station manager for Voice of Zimbabwe, and now this happens. We have lost two colleagues in a week. We pay our condolences to his family and friends.”

NewsDay Editor Brian Mangwende, a long-time friend, added: “I have lost both a personal and family friend. The media has been robbed of one of the greatest electronic journalists ever. We will miss his jovial character and many experiences we shared both in the profession and at family level.”

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president Dumisani Sibanda said: “It is shocking and tragic. He was now a seasoned journalist serving as an inspiration to upcoming reporters. This is devastating and we mourn with his family as well as ZBC.”

The Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe said: “Moyo was an outstanding senior journalist who was very popular among his peers and had a very successful career in journalism.”

Social media networks were awash with scribes passing their condolences over the death of a colleague.

“It is with deep pain that I have learnt of the death of Freedom. He was fearless, frank and transparent, thereby making him the most effective treasurer I have worked with,” said a member of the Zimbabwe Media Commission Mathew Takaona.