Veteran broadcaster Judith Makwanya has died. She was 56. Makwanya was diagnosed with high blood pressure last Thursday.
Her condition worsened on Monday evening when she suffered a stroke. She died at around 11 PM at the West End Clinic in Harare.
Here is how Zimbabweans on Twitter reacted to the news of Makwanya’s death:
Zenzele Ndebele (Prominent Journalist):
Sad to hear about the passing on of Judith Makwanya. She was someone who was very open minded and friendly.
Professor Jonathan Moyo (Former Cabinet Minister):
Tragic news about Judith Makwanya. She was a committed media practitioner and an inspiring voice who challenged crude gender barriers in Zimbabwe’s fledgling broadcasting industry.
Mduduzi Mathuthu (Journalist and Entrepreneur):
Judith Makwanya was actually very nice, and kind. Unfortunately, in our polarised political existence, every human relationship is looked at from a political perspective. So sorry to learn of her death, my heart goes out to her grieving family and colleagues. R.I.P my sister.
Fungai Machirori (Writer):
I knew her personally. I agree. Once I asked to interview her for Her Zimbabwe. And she said, “but you know where I work.” I got the message. This is really sad stuff.
Kudzai Mtisi (Prominent Zanu-PF Support on Social Media):
ZBC Diplomatic Correspondent Judith Makwanya has passed away. She was a star. The neocolonial thugs at @usembassyharare placed her under sanctions. What’s the rationale of placing a female journalist under sanctions? That’s the cruelty of these Americans.
Rest in Peace Judith.
Caesar Zvayi (Senior Journalist at Zimpapers):
R.I.P to a friend & colleague … the inimitable Judith Makwanya. GUTTED.
Raj Modi (Deputy Minister and Prominent Entrepreneur):
Rest in peace Judith Makwanya. Broadcast news has lost a patriotic voice.
The Masterclass ZW (Journalism Institute):
The staff, management and students at the Radio Presenter Masterclass would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the @ZBCNewsonline & the Makwanya families on the passing of veteran broadcaster Judith Makwanya. The next generation of broadcasters stand on your shoulders. RIP
ZANU PF patriots:
We have lost one fine reporter
Judith Makwanya you left too soon. Rest strong Cde.
Hopewell Chin’ono (Journalist and filmmaker):
Sad to hear the passing of ZBC diplomatic correspondent and journalist Judith Makwanya.
Whenever I met her she took my teasing in her stride and just like Reuben Barwe, she was willing to engage with respect those who were opposed to views.
Power FM Zimbabwe (ZBC Radio Station):
Veteran ZBC reporter Judith Makwanya has died.
She served her country with distinction and was one of the journalists placed on the sanctions list which became a Roll of Honour for Patriots.
263Chat (Prominent Publication):
We have learnt with great sadness the passing on of @ZBCNewsonline Diplomatic Corresponded @JudithMakwanya . Our heartfelt condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace #263Chat.
Jealousy Mawarire (Prominent Politician):
Am heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing on of veteran broadcaster Judith Makwanya, I affectionately called her Tete Judie. She was one of the few ZBC journalists who wasn’t afraid to be seen in public chatting to me. May your dear soul rest in peace Tete Judie.
May her soul Rest In Peace.
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Mduduzi Mathuthu is a journalist and entreprener in Zimbabwe. He is the founder of popular news website ZimLive.com which he runs. He is also the founder of Zimbabwean UK-based online publication, NewZimbabwe.com which he is not involved with anymore. Before starting ZimLive.com Mathuthu was the... Read More About Mduduzi Mathuthu
Caesar Zvayi is a journalist employed at The Herald which is a flagship of Zimpapers the printing and publishing section. He was the editor of The Herald from October 2013 until he was removed from the position in December 2018, becoming the group's editor at... Read More About Caesar Zvayi
Hopewell Chin'ono is a Zimbabwean journalist and documentary film maker. He has won numerous awards in journalism and has worked in both print and broadcasting journalism.Hopewell did a fellowship at Harvard as part of winning the CNN African journalist of the year. Read More About Hopewell Chin'ono