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President, DP Ruto Mourn Veteran Journalist Joe Kadhi

by Zablon Ondari
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have sent messages of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of veteran journalist Joe Kadhi.

Kadhi passed away on Wednesday morning, 29th June, at a Nairobi hospital.

In his message, the Head of State described Kadhi as a legendary media trainer who mentored many up-and-coming journalists.

President Kenyatta said Kadhi would be remembered for his professionalism, which saw him rise to become one of the most respected media personalities in Kenya.

“Joe Kadhi was a great Kenyan. He was a patriot, who worked hard to ensure the public was well informed through objective reporting,” President Kenyatta said in his message.

The President pointed out that besides being a media trainer, Joe Kadhi would also be remembered by many as an exceptional editor who won several media awards.

“We will forever be grateful to God for having given us Joe as a gift. He has mentored and trained many Kenyans and ushered them into the media industry.

“His commitment to raising an independent media saw him empower journalists with skills that enabled them to strictly adhere to their calling and sticking to their cardinal role on objective reporting irrespective of their social, political or religious orientation,” he said.

The President challenged journalists to continuously embrace the values that Joe Kadhi stood for especially now when Kenya is preparing for the forthcoming general election.

“Many will remember him for the role he played in preparing journalists for the coverage of the 2017 General Election where he reminded them of their cardinal role of objective reporting. We appreciate him for his foresight in building a strong, peaceful and united democratic country where people are able to respect others’ opinions and are free to air their views,” he added.

For his part, Deputy President Ruto mourned Kadhi as a truly gifted and dedicated journalist who leaves behind an extraordinary body of work.

“Joe Kadhi was a truly gifted, dedicated and enthusiastic journalist who leaves behind an extraordinary body of work. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and the media fraternity. Rest In Peace,” DP Ruto tweeted.

Kadhi will be buried today (Thursday, 30th June) in accordance with the Muslim faith.

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