Media Council of Kenya mourns veteran journalist William Oeri
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has eulogised veteran journalist William Oeri who died in grisly road accident on Sunday at the Kenol-Sagana Road.
In a statement, MCK said Mr Oeri was a journalist who valued professionalism and observed work ethic in his career.
“The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) joins the family, friends and media fraternity is mourning the death of Mr William Oeri,” the statement read in part.
Mr Oeri worked for Nation Media Group for 15 years before joining People Daily newspaper where he served until his death. At NMG, he served as the deputy photo editor.
Nation Media Group CEO Stephen Gitagama said Mr Oeri was “an excellent and committed employee, a true friend and an example of a true nationalist.”
“He worked well with and could fit in with all Kenyans. Pole to the family and may his soul rest in peace,” Mr Gitagama said.
Jane Muiruri, NMG’s head of Human Resources, Visual and Syndication editor Joan Pereruan, former production editor Joe Mbuthia and NMG’s Samwel Chege went to condole with the family at General Kago Funeral Home in Thika, where the autopsy was performed.
People Daily managing Editor Mr Ng’ang’a Mbugua described Oeri as amiable, disciplined, a team player and professional.
According to the incident report, the accident occurred at Kitini area as he drove in his saloon car, a Toyota Wish.
“He was driving alone towards Kenol town. He was in a head-on collision with an Isuzu tipper,” the police incident report reads.
“Further, Mr Oeri’s car burst into flames, but members of the public managed to extinguish it using sand. Both vehicles, which were extensively damaged, were towed to Makuyu police station,” the officers said.
Oeri died on the spot while the driver of the tipper, together with his two passengers, sustained minor injuries.
Security bosses said the body was later identified by family members at General Kago mortuary in Thika town.