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TV journalist Kimani Mbugua thanks Kenyans for overwhelming support

By Elizabeth Ngigi September 26th, 2023 2 min read

A former Citizen TV Journalist Kimani Mbugua has extended his heartfelt appreciation to the generous Kenyans who responded to his appeal for assistance through his social media platform.

Through his Instagram page, Kimani noted that Kenyans had contributed money that had enabled him to get a phone and a laptop to help him start working.

“What an uplifting week this has turned out to be! Just received a laptop, and now I can resume my work. No more being unreachable! I managed to withdraw 2,000 from the 14,000 mentioned in my previous post…

All of you have rescued a life that was on the brink of despair. Company registration is complete! Goal 1 achieved!!”

On September 23, 2023, Kimani made a heartfelt plea for assistance 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.

“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.

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