The media fraternity has been plunged into mourning following the death of ZBC Current Affairs and Research Manager, Freedom Moyo, who passed away early Tuesday morning at West End Hospital in Harare.
Moyo, popularly referred to as Mafree, passed away early Tuesday morning at Westend hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred on Saturday morning along Bishop Gaul Avenue in Harare.
Mourners who included relatives, fellow colleagues in the media fraternity and politicians gathered at flat No. 21 Farai Court in Harareâ€™s Avenues area where Freedom was staying.
Zanu PF National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo was among the mourners and described Freedom as a brilliant journalist who conducted insightful interviews.
“This is a tragedy of an unimaginable proportion. He was such a brilliant journalist and I can say all his interviews were insightful. So his carrier was like an envelope heading for a great destination,” said Ambassador Moyo.
ZBC General Manager News and Current Affairs, Mr Tazzen Mandizvidza said Freedom had acquired vast experience in the media industry and was a mentor to young journalists in the department.
“It’s a big loss to ZBC as a family and of course to the country as well because he was one of the journalists with vast broadcasting experience. In the newsroom, he was a pillar and a mentor to all young journalists,” Mr Mandizvidza said.
Mr Mandizvidza said Freedomâ€™s death is not only a loss to the Moyo family or ZBC but the nation at large.
Family spokesperson and brother to the deceased, Mr Agent Moyo said Freedom will be buried at Emkhayeni Cemetery at Habane Township in Esigodini on Thursday.
Friends and colleagues were still trying to come to terms with the sad news that their ever cheerful colleague was no more.
ZBC political correspondent, Tendai Munengwa; camera person, Lawrence Thodlana who worked with him between 2005 to 2008 in Matabeleland North Province and Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) Secretary General, Mr Foster Dongozi among others, described Freedom Moyoâ€™s death as a big loss to the media fraternity.
A fifth born in a family of nine siblings, Freedom Moyo was born on August 18, 1974 in Plumtree.
He did his primary education at Mkhayeni and Mvuthu Primary schools before proceeding to Mvuthu Secondary in Esigodini where he completed his secondary education.
He is survived by four children, three daughters and a son.