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Veteran photojournalist Rodger Moffat no more

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

TO BE MISSED—Moffat

Renowned photojournalist Rodger Moffat is no more.

Moffat died in the early hours of Tuesday at ABC Clinic in Lilongwe.

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The ex-husband to the late gospel star Grace Chinga showed the best of his photography in a lot of areas in the country and covered events including concerts.

He was one of the photojournalists who was vibrant in covering parliamentary sessions as well as football matches involving Malawi National Football Team and giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.

Moffat also covered several shows in the country and worked with players in the creative industry.

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Veteran musician Wycliffe Chimwendo, who is also Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Board Chairperson, wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, describing him as a talented person.

“He never went to any school of journalism but his precision to produce nice photographs was amazing. He was there when the first multiparty government was ushered in and took pictures of high-profile people. No-one returned his work,” Chimwendo said.

He added that Moffat’s passion for the arts catapulted his ex-wife (the late Grace Chinga) to stardom.

“Grace had the support of this man to come out to the public. I first knew him in Zingwangwa in 1994 or 95 and he took my debut album cover photo at Chimwankhunda Dam. In this man, I saw talent in photography and passion for his work,” he said.

His daughter Miracle was at pains with the death of her father yesterday.

“I have been in touch with him and yesterday [Monday] I talked to him and he requested that I sing for him. I also went to Lilongwe to see him after he asked me to come and we prayed and sang together. I am at pains;, we looked up to him as a father,” Miracle said Tuesday.

According to the deceased’s daughter, the late Moffat was diagnosed with a tumor in the stomach and that he was due for surgery.

“He had a tumor in the stomach and was to undergo surgery but later it also transpired that he had run out of blood and his blood pressure was very low. He died at around 2am,” she said.

She said she will remember her husband as caring and loving.

“I will live to remember him. He was a good person, loving and caring and used to encourage me always when I was down. The family has lost a pillar. Only God knows why it had to happen,” she said.

According to her, the late Moffat was born on September 22 1965 and came from Mvera in Dowa.

Moffat is expected to be laid to rest Wednesday.

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