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Veteran journalist-cum-businessman dies

JOURNALIST Kudzai Emmanuel Gamanya has died.

JOURNALIST Kudzai Emmanuel Gamanya has died. REPORT BY ROPAFADZO MAPIMHIDZE Gamanya died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 54.

Gamanya, who was declared a liberation war hero, worked for Ziana and the Mass Media Trust after returning home from the liberation struggle at independence, but later established his own businesses.

Following demobilisation just before independence, Gamanya went to Cuba where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Communication and Journalism at the University of Orient.

He later did a certificate in computer and business studies from the City and Guilds in the UK.

Gamanya was brother to the late Josiah Tongogara’s wife, Angeline.

Tongogara’s daughter, Nyaradzo, in a statement, described Gamanya as a dedicated cadre of the liberation struggle that brought independence.

“He served as secretary of the Zimbabwe Film and Video Association and also sat on the board of the Southern African Film Festival. He completed his secondary school in Zambia and crossed the border into Mozambique to join the liberation struggle when he was only 20,” Nyaradzo said.

Gamanya is survived by four children.

He was buried at their family farm in Wiltshire, Chivhu yesterday.