Tributes have been pouring in from media personalities as well as the public following the death of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) TV journalist, Patrick Msowoya.
His death comes barely a week after the nation also lost veteran broadcast journalist Evans Masamba.
The late veteran broadcaster, who until his death in Blantyre last week was working with Matindi FM Radio, also worked for MBC for many years before joining MIJ FM Radio.
Born in 1981, late Msowoya died Tuesday around 11:00pm at Mlambe Mission Hospital in Blantyre where he had been admitted just for two days.
“He had been sick for the last three weeks but the situation worsened last Sunday when we took him to Mlambe Hospital where he passed on Tuesday night,” his young brother, Nicholas Msowoya told Nyasa Times.
The departed MBC TV journalist was reportedly diagnosed with prostate cancer but doctors at MASM Hospital where he first went for treatment gave him wrong medication (of Tuberculosis).
“While we acknowledge that he was sick and that he could heal or not we also believe accurate and timely health care would have saved our relation,” a family member claimed.
She added: “Doctors at MASM gave him TB drugs two weeks ago and yet he had no TB. The drugs weakened him so much as they are very strong. We then took him to Blantyre Adventist Hospital where after they tested him again they discovered that he had no TB but prostate cancer. We believe he has died because the cancer was not timely treated.”
People have described Msowoya’s death as a great shock and blow to the media industry in the country.
Three months ago late Msowoya accompanied President Joyce Banda to USA to cover the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Writing on his Facebook wall renowned journalist Kondwani Munthali now working at Malawi High Commission in London said: “As we are all in party mood… Patrick Msowoya, the young vibrant reporter from TVM who wedded a week ago is no more. God spare us such pain. Patrick was a jovial young man, I never heard anybody complain of him, may the great Lord rest his soul in peace. He was humble, smiling and he knew how to do his interviews and reports. I am not sure if we can find such a reporter with humbleness.”
Director of News at MBC TV said Msowoya was a team player and the state broadcaster had lost a great journalist in him who loved his job and worked with undivided dedication at all times.
The remains of Patrick, commonly known Mzozodo among media colleagues, will be interred on Thursday, January 2, at his home in Mzuzu.
Late Msowoya was fifth born in a family of six and is survived by a wife, Tapiwa, and daughter Patricia.
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