PROMINENT Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) journalist Marin Hassan Marin has left a mark in the media fraternity, public leaders and politicians have said, calling on journalists in Tanz ania to emulate the deceased.
Marin, who died on Wednesday aged 48, was buried on Thursday in Zanzibar where he was given a hero’s farewell with leaders and politicians led by the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Dr Harrison Mwakyembe.
In his farewell message, Dr Mwakyembe said that Marin was a media star and a giant in journalism who practiced his professional work in a stylish way, attracting many people, including public leaders and politicians.
“Marin was one of the stars in the country’s journalism; he had a unique and authoritative journalistic voice that attracted many, especially government leaders and politicians,” he said.
The minister said that Marin became known for his reporting through various programmes such as ‘Safari ya Dodoma’ and Aridhio that he created and hosted through TBC.
He called on TBC staff and other journalists in the country to emulate the late Marin’s deeds on journalism as he extended heartfelt condolences of the ministry to the family of the bereaved, TBC staff and the broader media fraternity.
Dr Mwakyembe thanked President John Magufuli for the support he extended to the family, offering his own flight to transport the family of the late Marin from Dodoma to Zanzibar as well as the body of the deceased from Dar es Salaam for burial in the Isles.
The Zanzibar Minister for Y outh, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ambassador Ali Abeid K arume, described Marin as a vibrant reporter who undertook his journalism work seriously.
Ambassador K arume said, noting that he knew Marin since his childhood, describing him as a hardworking man. He thanked President Magufuli, Dr Mwakyembe and TBC for the support they rendered in connection with the bereavement.
TBC Director General, Dr Ayub Rioba, said the death of Marin was a great shock that had left TBC staff, fans and close friends and family members devastated.
“Marin was a leading figure not only in TBC but the entire media fraternity,” he said, noting that TBC staff would strive to sustain his good deeds, and strive to practice his unique brand of journalism.
The TBC boss thanked President Magufuli for his support to TBC and the family of the deceased during the funeral process.
Marin died on Wednesday morning at Lugalo Military Hospital in Dar es Salaam while receiving treatment. He was rushed to the hospital after he suddenly fell sick at his home in Mbezi Beach.
He joined TBC in 2005 and worked for 15 years. He rose to become a senior journalist.
Marin who is survived by a wife and children, first worked at Nuru newspaper. He later moved to Zanzibar TV where he worked as a sport reporter before joining TBC in 2005.