Olley Maruma has died

HARARE – Columnist and Robert Mugabe's passionate supporter, veteran journalist, filmmaker and former public prosecutor Olley Maruma has died. He was 57.\r\n

According to ZBC, Maruma died on Thursday last week at Parirenyatwa Hospital after a short illness.

Maruma was born in Bulawayo and was educated at Waddilove Institution and Goromonzi High School before going to write his A-Level examinations in England.

He attained a law degree at Kent University and underwent a television training course with the British Council’s media department.

He was attached to the BBC news as a trainee producer and worked on a number of documentary programmes learning all aspects of television.

In 1986, he was elected as the chairman of the Zimbabwe Film and Video Association.

At the time of his death, he was a board member of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings and chairman of Kingstons Entertainment, a subsidiary of Kingstons Holdings which owns the music label Kingstons Music.

Maruma was the former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ). He was a rare breed who was able to effectively communicate through both the broadcast and print media.

Maruma authored the novel Coming Home, which was launched last year in Harare. The book was funded by the Swedish International Develop-ment Authority (Sida), through the Culture Fund.

Maruma is survived by two children. Mourners are gathered at 4 Devon Road, Avondale in Harare. Burial arrangements are still to be announced.