Some journalists have described the late Zimbabwean journalist and novelist, William ‘Bill’ Saidi, as a fearless writer and professional mentor.
Veteran journalist Cris Chinaka said Zimbabwe and Africa have lost one of the best local journalists.
Chinaka said Saidi was always willing to impart journalism skills and knowledge to upcoming and practicing journalists.
Another Zimbabwean journalist, Columbus Mavhunga, who worked with Saidi at the Daily News and Media Institute of Southern Africa, said the late journalist and novelist will be greatly missed in the journalism fraternity.
Foster Dongozi of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists said, “As a union we are deeply saddened by the death of the veteran journalist who has been in all manner of speaking seen it all in the industry and was a reservoir of knowledge and history pertaining to the media industry and that of the nationalist movement.”
Saidi (79), who died while visiting one of his relatives in Zambia, was once employed by the Zimbabwe Newspapers Group as editor of the Sunday News. He was also editor of the Daily News and worked for Horizon Magazine and several publications in Zimbabwe and other African nations.
His published novels include The Hanging, Return of the Innocent, Day of The Baboons, Gwebede’s Wars and The Brothers of Chatima Road and others.