RIP: Popular KBC Presenter Dies

The Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) and the entire media fraternity are mourning the demise of veteran radio presenter, Michael Ndichu.

Michael Ndichu
Former KBC presenter

Mr Ndichu, who was known for the ‘Yours For The Asking’ program on KBC English Service in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died in his sleep at his Umoja home in Nairobi on Tuesday 12.

Elizabeth Wanjiru, a family member confirmed Mr Ndichu’s death.

“Ndichu was unwell a few days to his death. He had a swollen leg. On Tuesday, he had visited a hospital in the city; and shortly after returning to his Umoja home, he died in his sleep at 5pm,” SHE SAID.

The radio presenter died at the age of 71. He is survived by four children.

The show is currently being hosted by Jeff Mwangemi.


May he RIP

South Sudan journalist shot dead: radio station

Gunmen in South Sudan have shot dead a radio journalist in the war-torn eastern state of Jonglei, colleagues said Friday.

Pow James Raeth, a correspondent for the independent Radio Tamazuj, was shot dead along with a friend in the town of Akobo by unknown gunmen as they walked to access Internet from an office, the station said.

The station quoted local government commissioner Tut Chol Rial as saying the killing was “not intentional” but was crossfire between two warring rival groups.

“We condemn the senseless killing of Pow James Raeth, somebody who was working for peace and for educating and informing the public,” Radio Tamazuj said in a statement.

The station called him a “talented and hard-working young man who showed so much promise.”

The US embassy in Juba offered their “sincere condolences to the friends, family and colleagues” of Raeth.

Reporters Without Borders ranks South Sudan as the 125th worst nation out of 180.

Rights groups have repeatedly warned that security forces have cracked down on journalists, suffocating debate on how to end a civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed in the past 17 months.

Fighting broke out in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings across the country.

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Egypt could free the Al Jazeera reporter today

A second Al Jazeera journalist could be freed from his Egyptian jail cell within hours, his Qatar-based news channel has reported.

Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian and Canadian national, has revoked his Egyptian citizenship and this would pave the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree, his family have said.

Fahmy was arrested in December 2013 along with Al Jazeera English colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed on charges of collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned group in Egypt.

All three denied the charges and their trial was widely described as a sham.

In June, Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in jail and Mohamed to 10 years, sparking international outrage.

Their convictions were overturned on 1 January but they had been kept in custody pending a retrial.

Mr Greste, an Australian, was released unexpectedly on Sunday and later told reporters of his “incredible angst” at leaving his two colleagues behind in jail.

He took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, celebrating his freedom by posting photos of him and his brother Mike in Cyprus en route to his home in Australia.