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RIP Ken Walibora – Kenyans Pay Tribute to “Siku Njema” Author

RIP Ken Walibora

Kenya’s mainstream and social media space took a break from the day to day news and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic as tributes to former journalist and author Professor Ken Walibora took center stage.

The family of Ken Walibora discovered his body at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Tuesday after he went missing on Friday.

Prof Ken Walibora, popularly, known for his “Siku Njema” title, was reportedly hit by a Double M matatu in Nairobi’s Landies road.

The driver, who had allegedly taken off after the accident was chased down and arrested and charged with “careless driving and causing grievous harm,” before he was released on a Sh 10,00 cash bail according to the Nairobi area police commander Philip Ndolo.

Ndolo however on Wednesday said that the driver would be charged afresh since the victim succumbed to his injuries.

“We are looking for the driver so as to press fresh charges against him now that his victim succumbed to injuries. He shall then be arraigned in court,” added Mr Ndolo.

Causing death through dangerous driving is a criminal offence that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years according  to the Kenya Traffic Act.

Siku Njema  and  Kidagaa Kimemwozea novels were used as a set books in Kenyan secondary schools.


Raila OdingaMy condolences go out to the family of Kiswahili Author and distinguished Journalist Professor Ken Walibora. He penned great literary works that will remain etched in the memories of many. May the Lord grant his family comfort at this trying moment and may his Soul Rest In Peace.

Dennis Okari: I read your set-book in high school and later worked with you at NMG. I will not forget your infectious calmness and good humour. It was an honour. RIP Prof Ken Walibora. Death is cruel. #RipKenWalibora

ThisIsBettProfessor Ken Walibora is & remains the most prolific author in Kenya. From Ndoto ya Amerika, Siku Njema, Nasikia Sauti ya Mama, to Kidagaa Kimemwozea, Dr. Walibora has surely shaped & set standards in the education sector. I’m shocked he’s never been recognized by the President.
Kimanzi®™: Thank you Ken Walibora for always advocating for Kiswahili speaking in schools. Having attended systems that punished us for speaking Swahili by being given disks wore around the neck and become the laughing stock of the entire school. Your teachings will forever live.
Boniface MwangiThe death of Ken Walibora is heartbreaking. It was avoidable. Police have allowed our roads to become killer spots. Police don’t keep records of repeat offenders. The killer of Walibora, if he is ever caught, will be jailed for six months. We need to restore sanity on our roads!
Yvonne Okwara-Matole :Rest in Peace Ken Walibora! Leading light in African literature! Such a tragic loss!



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