President Kenyatta, DP Ruto, Raila Odinga mourn author Ken Walibora


President Kenyatta, DP Ruto, Raila Odinga mourn author Ken Walibora
Prominent Kiswahili author and journalist Ken Walibora. PHOTO | COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has led the nation in mourning the late Kiswahili literary veteran Ken Walibora whom he described as a polished broadcaster and a prolific writer.

President Kenyatta, in a statement released on Wednesday, said Prof. Walibora’s works will continue to inspire future generations.

The Head of State also passed a message of condolence to the family of the celebrated Kiswahili scholar and author.

“President Kenyatta has condoled with the family of celebrated Kenyan Kiswahili scholar, author & journalist Prof Ken Walibora,” read the statement from State House.

“The President described the late Prof. Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.”

Deputy President William Ruto, on his part, mourned Prof. Walibora as an “outstanding academic, ingenious author and a prolific journalist with a charming personality and humour.”

“Prof Ken Walibora was a man of insight and brevity; he was a driving force with monumental energy and vision when pushing Kiswahili language-related issues,” he wrote.

“We will miss his great depth of knowledge, positive orientation, wit and resilience. Our thoughts and love goes out to Prof. Walibora’s family, friends, the academia and the media fraternity.”

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga described the late wordsmith as a “distinguished journalist” who “penned great literary works that will remain etched in the memories of many.”

Walibora’s body was on Wednesday found at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) mortuary.

The 56-year-old had reportedly been missing since Friday when he is alleged to have been knocked down by a matatu while crossing the road in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

Walibora, who is popularly known for his debut novel Siku Njema, was until January 2017 the Kiswahili quality manager at the Nation Media Group.

His popular works include Ndoto ya Amerka (2003), Kisasi Hapana (2009), and Nasikia Sauti ya Mama (2015); all of which won the Jomo Kenyatta Literary Prize.

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