The late ZBC reporter, Desmond Duri has been described as an intelligent professional, who valued education.

Family members, workmates and friends, who attended a funeral service for Duri in Chitungwiza this morning, said they are poorer without the veteran journalist in their midst.

Duri’s father, Kenias said he cannot imagine life without his eldest son, adding that he accepts the will of God, who gives and takes at his best time.

Duri’s uncle, Dr Phillip Matemera said Desmond was naturally intelligent.

“He was a gifted boy from his tender age. He eventually became a Communications Officer at Fredda Rebecca Mine because of his sharpness. That is how his journalism career began. The rest of the story is told by his period at ZBC. The family will miss the exemplary character he displayed to his siblings,” he said.

Duri’s sister, Spiwe Duri, revealed that her brother was inspired by Joseph Madhimba, a former ZBC news reader, to become a journalist, adding that he valued education and encouraged family members to pursue it

Duri’s nephew, Saru broke down while giving her speech, with the aunt, Mai Sidhuna saying Desmond was someone who wanted to continue with education.

The family commended ZBC for the support they have rendered following the death of Desmond.

ZBC National FM presenter, Kudakwashe Matumba Machiri, who also hails from Chipinge as Duri, was at loss of words in describing her close friend, while ZBC TV Director, Mr Robson Mhandu, hailed Desmond’s dedication to his work.

“When ZBC posted him to Masvingo, that is when his career blossomed. The company had entrusted him with covering the province,” Mr Mhandu said.

Desmond was born on 3 November 1978, attended Gaza primary school in Chipinge from 1985 to1991 and Mt Selinda High School from 1992 to 1995.

He worked at Freda Rebecca Mine in Bindura as a general hand and rose to become an attendant, and later a Human Resources Officer, a position in which he introduced a weekly newsletter.

He was a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English and Media Studies with the Zimbabwe Open University and the Great Zimbabwe University in 2006 and 2017 respectively.

Desmond died on Thursday after a short illness and leaves behind 3 children; Blessing (18), Brenda (10) and Beverly (8).

His body leaves for Chipinge today ahead of burial set for tomorrow at Chipinge Town Cemetery.