The University of Nairobi (UoN) is mourning the death of one of its lectures, who died from Covid-19-related complications.
Renowned sociologist Ken Ouko died at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, where he had been admitted after contracting the deadly respiratory illness.
UoN Communication Director John Orinda said that the don succumbed on Saturday, 1st August.
In his condolence message, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama said the institution had lost a key member of staff, whose contributions wouldl be missed.
For his part, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha remarked that he had lost a great friend.
“He was much younger than me and it is sad that we have lost such a vibrant young man to the virus,” the CS said, as quoted by the Daily Nation.
Ouko becomes the fifth member of staff at the prestigious institution to die as a result of Covid-19-related infections.
On 24th July, Prof Kiama said in a statement that the university had recorded 14 cases of the coronavirus disease involving 10 employees and four of their dependants.
“It is a difficult period for our country and the UoN community. I convey my condolences to the affected families and pray to the almighty God to give them comfort and strength to overcome the pain and loss.
“I also wish a quick recovery to all those who have tested positive,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
He urged all staff and students to continue exercising caution by observing the safety guidelines issued by the government through the Ministry of Health.