Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services acting minister Prisca Mupfumira has sent a condolence message to the Mukondiwa family following the death of veteran journalist and former editor of The Sunday Mail Pascal Mukondiwa who died at Chitungwiza Central Hospital on Saturday.
He was 70.
In her message, Minister Mupfumira said it was with a deep sense of shock and great sadness that she learnt of Mukondiwa’s death.
“Mr Mukondiwa was one of the few black Zimbabwean journalists who started his noble profession during colonial Rhodesia and maintained his African identity throughout his illustrious journalism career.
“He set a good example among his peers as a true patriot who used the might of his pen to promote and defend the national interest, something which has become a rare attribute among some of our Zimbabwean journalists today, who instead, pander to foreign dictates at their own country’s expense. We are going to miss him,” she said.
“May they (Mukondiwa family) derive solace and comfort from the knowledge that we share their deep pain and grief during this darkest period of mourning.”
Mukondiwa was born in Kadoma on February 14, 1945 and studied journalism at the London School of Journalism in the late 1970s before joining the then Rhodesia Printing and Publishing, now Zimpapers, through a cadetship programme in 1978.
He worked for The Manica Post, The Chronicle, The Sunday News and The Sunday Mail, where he rose to become editor before leaving in 2000. In 2012 he joined The Patriot newspaper and retired in August 2015. His body was ferried to his rural home in Mutoko yesterday for burial today.