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Homeless TV journalist Kimani Mbugua appeals for help after battle with bipolar disorder

By Elizabeth Ngigi September 24th, 2023 2 min read

Former Citizen TV journalist Kimani Mbugua has made a heartfelt plea for assistance as he seeks to rebuild his life following a challenging battle with bipolar mood disorder.

Via a social media video, Mbugua opened up about his ongoing struggle with mental health, the loss of his career, and his current dire circumstances.

He revealed his journey through illness began in 2020 when he was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, a condition that significantly impacted his life and career.

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“I got out of the hospital last week, and I feel my mind has come back to normal, and I don’t want to go back to the place where I used to be,” Mbugua expressed in the video.

Mbugua shared the emotional toll the past few years had taken on him, including the loss of friendships and the diminishing support from those around him.

“Feels so bad to call myself a former TV journalist. I am in a problem, but I don’t want to also look as if I am begging,” he said.

“I fell ill in 2020 after I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and since then, my life has fallen apart. I have lost so many things, friends during the journey, and people got tired of me, and they got to a point where they were not willing to help.”

Mbugua went on to reveal that he is currently homeless after the individuals who had previously offered him shelter told him to seek accommodation elsewhere.

“I was in the hospital since last week, and I feel my mind is back to normal, and I don’t want to go back to the place where I used to be. So, I am homeless, and the people I was living with said they could not host me any longer,” he shared.

Despite his challenging circumstances, Mbugua’s resilience shines through.

In just one week since leaving the hospital, he has managed to formulate a business plan and a proposal for a potential client, complete with a company structure.

“I looked for someone else who could host me, but I couldn’t find anyone, and I just need your help. If you could help, please do. I have a business plan here, and I managed to put it together in the last week after I got out of the hospital, I also have a proposal for a client. All I need is a business partner who will help me with money and use my idea,” he said.

Mbugua also shared his commitment to maintaining his sobriety, revealing that he has not used drugs for the past two months, emphasizing his desire to stay on a healthier path.

He bravely admitted to his past struggle with substance abuse, specifically marijuana and cigarettes.

“I am suffering, and I don’t want to go back to depression again. I am two months clean from drugs. I was on weed and cigarettes, but I got to a point where I decided to quit,” Mbugua asserted.

Mbugua extended an appeal to anyone willing to offer support.

He provided an email address,, for those who may want to reach out to him directly.

“I am healing, and I am taking each day at a time to try and form my company since I have so many debts. You can host me, and any help would be greatly appreciated,” he concluded.