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ZUJ secretary-general Dongozi dies… as three journalists die in 3 days

By Nyashadzashe Ndoro

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) secretary-general Foster Dongozi has died. The information Nehanda Radio is getting claim that Dongozi died on arrival at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

ZUJ Secretary General Foster Dongozi
ZUJ Secretary General Foster Dongozi (Picture by NewsDay)

This comes barely a day after veteran sports journalist and former Dynamos player, Tendai Ndemera died.

But this shocking news has been intensified with the fact that Ndemera’s death came just a day after the death of another journalist, a court reporter, Charles Laiton who was working for the NewsDay.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Content Creators Network ZW said “We are saddened to hear about the passing of @ZUJOfficial Secretary General, Foster Dongozi. He played a huge role in the push for free expression in Zimbabwe. May his soul rest in peace.”

Dongozi is reported to have been suffering from a heart ailment for a long period. Former ZUJ president Matthew Takaona said he was shattered by Dongoza’s death.

“I am devastated. Shortly before his death there was an SOS call from his close relative that he was critical. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died after admission.

“He was one of the most tolerant persons whom I have ever worked with.”

“Over the years he managed to unite journalists across the political divide, keeping the union away from partisan politics,” he said.

A  close relative who declined to be named, said Dongoza had gotten seriously ill while visiting the construction site of his new home in Harare.

“When it started we never thought it was serious. We thought he had been affected by the smell of paint. But things got worse and he was rushed to hospital.”