The Herald (Harare)

24 July 2014

Zimbabwe: Tragic Accident Claims Chronicle Business Editor's Life

Chronicle Business Editor Mernat Mafirakureva has died. He was 33. Mafirakureva died on the spot last night when his vehicle was involved in a head on collision with a South Africa-bound bus along the Masvingo- Harare highway near Beatrice. A workmate he was travelling with, Sunday News senior business Reporter Roberta Katunga, escaped with some injuries and is admitted at a private hospital in Harare. The horrific accident also claimed one passenger who was on the SA- bound bus. Mafirakureva and Katunga were on their way to Harare to attend the National Tourism Policy launch today.

Chronicle acting editor Innocent Madonko expressed shock and sadness at the tragic loss of Mafirakureva, describing him as an intelligent, hardworking, humble and dedicated journalist who had left a big void which would be difficult to fill.

"We are truly devastated by the loss of such a fine young man. By far he was one of the best desk editors in the newsroom and his death has robbed us of a brilliant journalist and fine gentleman. Our hearts go out to his family, particularly his wife and children," he said.

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