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Departed KTN news anchor gets fitting send off


By HILARY KIMUYU

Thousands of mourners converged to give departed KTN Swahili news anchor, Ahmed Darwesh, a moving send off on Tuesday afternoon in Mombasa.

Darwesh was later laid to rest at Kikowani Cemetery in Mombasa County. The deceased was found unconscious on his living room and was rushed to Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the former media high flyer’s death has not yet been made public although it has been reported that he was diabetic.

When news of Darwesh’s death broke on early on Tuesday morning prominent political figures led Kenyans of goodwill in condoling with the family for their bereavement.

MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE

Deputy President William Ruto and Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi were among those who conveyed messages of condolence.

“@darweshdaru was a great journalist. He graced our screens with a rare smile that made @KTNLeo even more interesting to watch. RIP,” Ruto wrote on his Twitter handle.

“I wish to express my deepest sympathies following the untimely loss of 7:00 pm news icon, Ahmed Darwesh. On behalf of the institution of parliament, and the Kenya National Assembly, I wish you strength during this trying moments. Ahmed will be remembered for the unmatched flow of Swahili during the 7:00 pm news bulletin, and to die at a tender age of 37 its just life too short,” Muturi said in a signed statement.

Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga and opposition leader Kalonzo Musyoka also took to Twitter to condole with Darwesh’s family.

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. We surely belong to Allah & to Him we shall return. Ahmed Darwesh, KTN anchor,” Dr Mutunga wrote while in his message Musyoka said:  “My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Ahmed Darwesh. We will surely miss your presence #RIPAhmedDarwesh.”