Renowned Kiswahili scholar and journalist Ken Walibora is dead. The author famous for his set book Siku Njema and others was killed in a hit and run accident on Friday.
Reports indicate that the former NTV journalist who had been reported missing since Friday was knocked down by a Double M bus on Landhies Road, Nairobi.
The driver was flashed out of his hideout in Buruburu and is in police custody.
Walibora 56, was a lecturer at the Riara University International studies department where he was also heading the languages department.
Ken Walibora Waliaula holds a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University, USA. He previously worked at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation as a Swahili news anchor, editor and translator.
His body was found at Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary. His tragic death brings to three, the number of journalists killed by matatus in Nairobi.
His family lives in the US where he was an associate professor, department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2009.
His popular books include Ndoto ya Amerika and Siku Njema. The latter was a secondary school set book between 1997 and 2003. Kidagaa Kimemwozea, another renowned book was also used as a set book in 2013.
Other notable books, the author wrote, include Kufa Kuzikana, Tuzo, Ndoto ya Almasi and Damu Nyeusi co-edited with Said A. Mohamed.
Kenyans including politicians, academicians and the media fraternity took to social media to mourn the prolific writer.
President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.
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Source – KBC