FRIENDS, colleagues and media stakeholders have responded to the death of Daily News Assistant Editor Gift Phiri with a flood of tributes, describing him as a fighter for justice, democracy and human rights.
Phiri, who died on Sunday morning while admitted at a private hospital in Harare’s Avondale suburb, had been unwell for some time.
After the news of his death emerged, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said Phiri’s passing was a blow to journalism.
“Saddened by the passing on of a brilliant journalist Gift Phiri. What a blow to journalism and it’s future! A talented, balanced and investigative journalist.A fighter for justice &human rights.Ever happy, smiling.A great gift to us all.Our prayers are with his wife Amai P & family,” Chamisa wrote on his twitter account.
Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations president Godfrey Koti said the association was gutted by the passing of Phiri who had a long and varied journalistic career.
“The late Gift Phiri who served the society in different capacities and made a mark as a diligent journalist and contributed much to the growth of modern journalism,” Koti said.
“We thank him for his valuable contribution. Our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and the entire media fraternity.”
Ministry of Information and Publicity also expressed its deepest condolences to the Phiri family, friends and media fraternity.
Former tourism minister Walter Mzembi said Phiri was a writer whose life and career has most certainly been cut short far too soon.
“Most sincere condolences to Daily News and the family of Gift Phiri on the passing on of a professional fearless scribe, the fourth estate will be poorer without his bold contributions,” Mzembi said.