Veteran journalist and former editor of the Manica Post Tim Chigodo was buried yesterday at Warren Hills cemetery where speakers described him as a principled man. Former Sunday Mail Editor Funny Mushava said Chigodo adhered to ethical
“Tim, as he was affectionately known, was a no nonsense man. He just wanted journalists to do their work first before playing around. If Tim gave you a byline, no one was supposed to remove it.
“During those days, a byline was hard to get, you would earn it through hard work and he was the first person to give me a byline.
“I recall this day when he chased Alwin Francis around the whole newsroom after he removed a reporter’s byline that he had given.”
Victor Chitongo, who worked with Chigodo in Tanzania, described him as a fine and smart journalist who was dedicated and principled.
David Chigodo, son to the late, described his father as a dedicated and kind man who interacted well with all his relatives.
“Dad was a pillar and unifier, he always brought solutions and gave good advice when things were bad,” he said.
“He did not mind how old you were. If you messed up he would point it out and correct you straight up.”
Mr Joshua Chigodo, nephew to Tim, described his uncle as a kind relative who paid for fees for disadvantaged members of the family.
He said Tim was not selective and never looked down upon anyone. Chigodo worked for the Times of Zambia in Lusaka in the 1970s before joining the Zimbabwe Newspapers stable after independence.