The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) would like to join the Mafirakureva family, the Zimpapers and the entire media fraternity in mourning the death of Chronicle Business Editor Mernat Mafirakureva. Mernat died in a horrific road accident along Harare-Masvingo road near Beatrice. The accident also injured his colleague Roberta Katunga from the Sunday News.
In his condolence message the ZTA Chief Executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke expressed shock over the sad incident. “It is with great shock and deep sadness that we learn of the passing on of Mernart Mafirakureva. We had invited him among other journalists, to attend the official launch of the National Tourism Policy, an event he never lived to witness.
Over the years we had known him, he distinguished himself as a professional journalist who exhibited thorough knowledge of our sector and that was sincerely driven by his unparallelled passion for tourism. The contribution he made to the tourism sector through his fair reportage and balanced critique, shall always be cherished and remembered. Indeed Mernart personified the professionalism of the organization he worked for. The whole tourism and hospitality sector has been shaken by his death.
On behalf of the ZTA, players in the Tourism sector and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and sadness to his family and the media fraternity. May his dear soul, rest in eternal peace.
Meanwhile our prayers are with Ms Roberta Katunga as we wish her a speedy recovery”.