Another Veteran Journalist Orirando Manwere Dies

The death of Manwere comes hard on the heels of the death of three other veteran journalists in January this year, namely former Standard and Herald editor Bornwell Chakaodza, ZBC current Affairs’s Freedom Moyo and former Chronicle editor Makuwerere Bwititi who died in Namibia in the same month.

Manwere who was in his late 30s, passed away at West End Clinic in Harare due to an undisclosed ailment.Manwere was born and bred at Muriel Mine in Mutorashanga; he worked as a teacher in the 1980s before joining Mashonaland West Telegraph in Chinhoyi in 1993. 

He was attested in Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in 1994 and posted to Bulawayo where he worked in the police Public Relations Department and Outpost magazine before joining Sunday News  and later the Zimbabwe Independent .

He was now the Communications and Advocacy Officer at National AIDS Council (NAC) headquarters in Harare.

Zimbabwe Union Journalists (ZUJ) secretary general, Foster Dongozi last night said: “I have just received the news about Manwere’s death now, and I am yet to get more details from the family.”

Senior journalist Paul Nyakazeya who worked with Manwere at The Independent for a long time said Zimbabwe journalism fraternity  has been robbed of another great man.

“We are saddened with Manwere’s death, I had visited him in hospital just some few hours ago .This is a great loss to the journalism industry; he was one of the most hard working journalist who was always willing to teach youngsters. We worked together at The Independent before he joined NAC,” said Nyakazeya.

Manwere trained several young journalists while at Sunday News and The Independent.