Veteran ZBC reporter Judith Makwanya has died. Makwanya was admitted into a hospital on Monday with a medical emergency. She was 56.
The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting confirmed Makwanya’s death but did not give details. Writing on Twitter, the Information Ministry said:
Government learns with sadness of the untimely passing on of Diplomatic Correspondent Ms Judith Makwanya. Judith served her country with distinction and was one of the journalists placed on the sanctions list which became a Roll of Honour for Patriots. May Her Soul Rest in Peace
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According to a ZimLive report, Makwanya, who has been at the ZBC for over two decades, was diagnosed with high blood pressure last Thursday.
Her condition suddenly deteriorated on Monday evening when she suffered a stroke, and she died at around 11 PM at the West End Clinic in Harare.
Mduduzi Mathuthu, the former editor of The Chronicle and the founder of Zimlive.com wrote
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.
Zenzele Ndebele of the Centre for Technology and Innovation said on Twitter:
Sad to hear about the passing on of Judith Makwanya. She was someone who was very open-minded and friendly.
Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Services, Professor Jonathan Moyo had this to say:
Tragic news about Judith Makwanya. She was a committed media practitioner and an inspiring voice who challenged crude gender barriers in Zimbabwe’s fledgeling broadcasting industry.