May 24, 2019
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10 things you probably didn’t know about Judith Makwanya

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Veteran ZBC journalist Judith Makwanya died on Monday after being diagnosed with high blood pressure last Thursday.

Her condition suddenly deteriorated on Monday evening when she suffered a stroke, and she died at around 11 PM at the West End Clinic in Harare.

Below are 10 things you probably did not know about the veteran reporter:

  1. She was trained in Russia;
  2. Makwanya joined ZBC on June 1, 1990 as a reporter;
  3. She was in the Presidential team from 1997 and was promoted on  October 11, 2001 to Diplomatic Correspondent, a position she held until her death;
  4. Makwanya was born on 22 October 1963;
  5. Her full name is Judith Tendesai Makwanya;
  6. She was on both the US and European Union sanctions list;
  7. Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe threatened to sue her over a news story;
  8. In 2018 at a function organized in Harare by an elite horse-racing club called the Republic Cup, Judith Makwanya approached Defence Minister and ZANU-PF chairperson Oppah Zvipange Muchinguri-Kashiri and complained that since the departure of Robert Mugabe, she and her other work colleagues were being sidelined from her job by ruling party hawks;
  9. She was named in a leaked WhatsApp chat of a group of ZBC employees which revealed ZBC journalists using explicit language to attack the administration of President Mnangagwa administration. View the leaked WhatsApp story HERE.;
  10. Mourners are gathered at 98 Zambezi Flats in Harare.

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