PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has sent a condolence message to the Makwanya family following the death of the 56-year-old veteran journalist Judith Makwanya who passed away on Monday night.
Ms Makwanya was the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) diplomatic correspondent and she was diagnosed with high blood pressure last Thursday.
Her condition worsened on Monday evening after she suffered a stroke and she died around 11 PM at the West End Clinic in Harare.
In a statement on behalf of President Mnangagwa the deputy chief secretary for presidential communications Cde George Charamba said Ms Makwanya remained a national figure who would be remembered for her passionate intelligence which were inspired by a deep love for her profession, country as well as her people.
“On behalf of His Excellency the president, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, I wish to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Makwanya family on the passing on of Judith,” he said.
“A seasoned committed journalist, the late Cde Makwanya leaves behind in a hard-to-fill gap in the broadcast sub-sector of our media industry. Many will remember her strident and passionate reports inspired by a deep love for her profession, country and her people,” he added.
President Mnangagwa described the late Ms Makwanya as a determined person through her desire to defend the country attracted fury from the western countries which led her to be placed under sanctions.
“It was this love and principled stance in defence of the national interest which earned her the wrath of the west by way of punitive sanctions imposed her,” he said.
He said the nation should emulate Ms Makwanya’s expertise in communication which she used as a weapon to defend the country’s national interest.
“We mourn her sad and ultimately departure, we are all challenged to harness our communication skills in defence of our Nation and its interest,” said President Mnangagwa.