The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) said Wednesday that Dakwa died in Belfast, Ireland after a long illness.
“The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists is sad to announce the death of veteran journalist Painos Dakwa in Belfast, Ireland on Thursday last week,” said ZUJ President Matthew Takaona in a statement.
A Dakwa family representative, Francis Dakwa, broke the news to ZUJ. He said Dakwa, who was 56, had moved to the European country where he was living with his family died after a long illness.
Dakwa was one of the first black television journalists after independence. He came from a family with a rich journalism culture. His family included his brother Wilson who died five years ago.
Dakwa studied his journalism in India. Upon his return to Zimbabwe he worked for the Herald and ZBC. He briefly worked for the now defunct Daily News before leaving for Ireland with his wife and children.
“Television viewers and journalists will remember Dakwa as a great communicator and a journalist of repute. He ….made friends all over,” said Takaona in his condolence message.
Dakwa was born in Gweru in 1953.
Burial arrangements are still in progress but it is expected that his body will arrive back home on May 29.
Dakwa is survived by his wife and four children.