Samantha Chigogo Herald Reporter
Former Zimpapers Harare branch general manager Mr Walter Chipwaya, who succumbed to cancer of the liver on Thursday, was buried at Warren Hills Cemetery yesterday. Zimpapers Harare branch human resources manager Mr Nyasha Nyamapfeni told mourners that although Mr Chipwaya had retired earlier this year, he had not stopped being part of the organisation.
He said some clients and staff members continued to rely on his contributions to Zimpapers. Mr Nyamapfeni said the death of Mr Chipwaya had robbed the industry of a valuable asset and team leader.
“We have lost one of the think tanks. Mr Chipwaya was a very humble and approachable manager who exercised extreme professionalism at all levels of management.
“Having served Zimpapers for over 40 years, it is clear that his portfolio was clean and his intelligence was undoubted.” Mr Chipwaya’s sister and family spokesperson Ms Daisy Chipwaya said the family was humbled by the love and support received from church members, former workmates and friends.
“We are grateful for the love that we have received during our trying time. We stand humbled by the impact that our brother had in the lives of several people gathered here,” she said.
Born on April 11, 1957, Mr Chipwaya went to Chitsere Primary School in Mbare for his early education and proceeded to Waddilove Mission where he completed his Grade Seven before enrolling at Fletcher High for his secondary education.
He completed his printing apprenticeship at Harare Polytechnic College before joining the then Rhodesian Herald as the first black apprentice printer on April 14, 1975.
He was then appointed as printer in 1979 and rose to become deputy foreman in 1983 before he became foreman the following year. Mr Chipwaya was promoted to become assistant technical manager in 1992 and later held the position of assistant advertising manager between 1993 and 1998.
He then became technical manager in 1998 before rising to become general manager of Zimpapers’ Harare branch in 2001. In December 2011, Mr Chipwaya was transferred to head the Bulawayo branch before returning to Harare as the printing division, Natprint’s general manager.
He retired in February this year. Mr Chipwaya is survived by his wife Fellistus, four children and three grandchildren.