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Times photojournalist Bonex Julius dies

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Multiple award-winning Times Group photojournalist, Bonex Julius, passed away in the early hours of Sunday after a long battle with kidney problems. He was laid to rest at his home in Mangochi District, later on Sunday.

Julius, who until his death was stationed at the company’s Lilongwe bureau, won several international and local media awards related to his job.

According to his family, he complained of breathing problems on Saturday night and he was taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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His brother, Sillie, said the late Julius was receiving kidney treatment after he was recently diagnosed with the problem which resulted from hypertension.

Times Group Editor-in- Chief, George Kasakula, described the late Julius as one of the finest journalists the company has ever had.

“As Times Group, we are deeply saddened by the death of Mr Bonex Julius. He was very dedicated to his job. That’s why even after he retired, the company had to recall him. We just ask the Almighty God to keep the bereaved family in His bossom,” Kasakula said.

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State House Director of Communications, Bright Molande, who chaired a local judging panel of the Sadc Awards in his then capacity as director of information — where Julius emerged victorious — said the country has lost a man who did his best to portray Malawi’s positive image.

Julius won the regional photography awards in 2015 and 2016.

“We are a nation united in sorrow because we have lost a man who assured the Sadc region that Malawi is a nation of achievers. He was a patriotic photojournalist who loved his country.

“Just like his camera, he knew how to focus on what matters most. He showed the world what is positive about us, and discarded the negatives of his country. He was a patriot who advocated regional development and integration with his camera,” Molande said.

Meanwhile, the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has directed that “realising that a sports reporter without a photographer is nobody”, all TNM super league games will observe a minute of silence in honour of the soul of the late Julius.

Julius was voted the best photographer in Super League Media Awards in 2005.

The Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) has also said it is heartbroken by Julius’ death who was a committed member of the association.

The late Julius was born on September 26, 1972 and worked for Times Group for 22 years. He hailed from Kapepe Village, Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi and is survived by a wife and four children.

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