The journalism fraternity should keep late veteran journalist and former editor of The Standard Bornwell Chakaodza’s name alive and encourage future journalists to emulate him. This was the take-home message at a memorial service held beginning of May at his home in Bluffhill, Harare.
“There are some names which should not be forgotten and Chakaodza’s is one of them,” said Reverend Samuel Sifelani of the Anglican Church. “He did his work with a lot of integrity and honesty. We would be gathered elsewhere today, maybe in Borrowdale Brooke, had he been driven by amassing wealth from his stories like some journalists do nowadays. Keep his name alive and follow his footsteps.”
Chakaodza succumbed to cancer on February 1, 2012 at the age of 60. Recently the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) launched a memorial lecture in honour of the veteran journalist. It said the event would be held every year on May 3, the World Press Freedom Day.
VMCZ counts a number of religious leaders dedicated to the promotion of free media in Zimbabwe. Among them, are Fr Oscar Wermter SJ, whose work frequently appears on RelZim, and Anglican Bishop Bakare of Harare.