THE ZBC’s Current Affairs Editor Freedom Moyo has died, colleagues said on Tuesday.
He was 39.
Moyo died just after 3AM on Tuesday, succumbing to injuries sustained after his car rammed into a stationary haulage truck which had run out of fuel in Belvedere early Saturday morning.
Njabulo Ncube, a friend of the well-liked TV reporter, said Moyo was returning from dropping a colleague at home when his Toyota Harrier ploughed into the heavy goods vehicle on Kirkmal Road.
“He broke a leg and had some other internal injuries. He was admitted at the West End Clinic where he remained until his death this morning,” Ncube said on Tuesday.
Friends have been paying tribute to Moyo, who started his career as the ZBC’s bureau chief in Matabeleland South. He later moved to Matabeleland North in the same capacity before being promoted to Bulletins Editor at the ZBC HQ in Harare.
At the time of his death, Moyo was the ZBC’s Current Affairs Editor.
Ncube, who is also the chairman of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA), said: “I shared a birthday with Freedom and we hosted a joint party last year where we invited colleagues.
“He was a good journalist and sociable person who brought journalists together from across the divide. You know in Zimbabwe you hardly find journalists from the state media hobnobbing with their colleagues from the privately-owned media, but Freedom was above that.
“He was a journalist through and through who was above the politics. He was well-liked.”
In a statement, the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe said it had received news of Moyo’s death with “shock and sadness”.
“Moyo was an outstanding senior journalist who was a very popular among his peers and had a very successful career in journalism. He will be sorely missed by all in the journalism field and we pray that the comforting spirit of the Lord be with his family and friends during this difficult time,” the statement said.
Gilbert Nyambabvu, the former executive producer of the ZBC’s 'This Morning', said Moyo’s colleagues were “devastated”.
He said: “Moyo was a hugely respected professional and widely loved colleague. He seamlessly straddled our sadly divided industry, in the process helping bring us together.
“We're all devastated and deepest condolences to his family.”
Friends were also leaving their tributes on Moyo’s Facebook page.
Ncube said Moyo’s body would leave Harare later Tuesday for burial in Esigodini, Matabeleland South, at 11AM on Wednesday.
Moyo is survived by his wife and two children.