Tributes pour in for veteran journo Matikinye  

©️  TRIBUTES continued to pour in yesterday for the late veteran journalist and former Daily News assistant editor Ray Muzambiringa Matikinye who passed on in Bulawayo on Sunday evening.
Matikinye, 66, a revered award-winning and prolific writer, succumbed to a heart attack on his way to hospital.
Family spokesperson Bellaris, who is also his daughter, said the family was at a loss following the untimely death of the veteran journalist.
“We are shocked as a family because he never complained of any illness. On the fateful day, he woke up and did the usual chores before he went out and came back around 5pm and a few hours later, that’s when he complained of dizziness.
“That was when he was ferried to hospital where he died before arrival,” she said.
Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum (Zinef) national coordinator Njabulo Ncube expressed his heartfelt condolences saying the profession had lost a giant and the gap he had left would be difficult to fill.
Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) director Loughty Dube expressed shock saying:
“Shattered to learn of your passing, your laughter Muzambiringa was infectious, you helped a lot of young men climb the journalism ladder, “Njaninjani” you had a lot of advice for me …. Go well big man, go well,” Dube said.
The chairperson of the Bulawayo Media Centre, Pamenus Tuso, also paid tribute to the veteran journalist.
“We are really shocked as the media fraternity. I last saw him just before the lockdown …. As Bulawayo Media Centre, we have lost a brother, a mentor and unifier and we will surely miss his wisdom in the industry,” said Tuso.
Matikinye worked for the ministry of Information in Masvingo in the early 80s before joining the Masvingo Provincial Star as Editor.
He also edited the now-defunct Masvingo Tribune before joining the Daily News as features editor and later became the assistant editor heading the Bulawayo Bureau until he left the organisation in 2015.
At the time of his death, he was now freelancing.
Matikinye is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
Sadly, the three sons who are all out of the country will miss his burial due to Covid-19 restrictions that require all burials to be conducted within 72 hours of death.
Mourners are gathered at Number 17 Woodville Park in Bulawayo and burial arrangements will be announced in due course.


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