By Mourice Seretta
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family of journalist Robin Njogu who passed on last night at a Nairobi hospital.
In his message of encouragement, the President described the late Njogu as a progressive journalist whose contribution to radio and online journalism has gone along way in transforming the country’s media and communication sector.
“Robin was an excellent journalist who mentored many young people in the Fourth Estate. We will forever cherish his skills and expertise in mass media, especially in radio where he has left a huge mark of excellence,” the President said.
President Kenyatta remembered Mr Njogu as an innovative, resourceful and open minded journalist whose contribution as a past member of State House press corp will be cherished forever.
“Robin always had a midas touch in transforming media stations into great communication and entertainment outlets.
“My interactions with Robin during his time in the press corp were always enriching. He was a trusted and very effective member of the team,” the President recalled.
Days before his passing, Mr Njogu lost his mother and the President wished God’s comfort and fortitude to the family as they mourn the two departed souls.
Deputy President William Ruto also consoled with Njogu’s family and the media fraternity at large.
“As the media fraternity can attest, Robin Njogu was friendly, humble and a good man. He was a skilled, dedicated and professional radio journalist who edited and reported on issues openly, independently and honestly.” Ruto said.
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua said he was heartbroken for losing a friend and a fellow journalist.
“Heartbroken to lose a friend and fellow journalist Robin Njogu. The other day when I visited him at the hospital he was cheerful and getting better. He sent me this photo recently of the days when he used to attend my Govt. Spokesperson briefings as reporter. What a sad night.” Governor Mutua tweeted.
Lands Cabibet Secretary Farida Karoney who happened to work with Njogu before joining government said she was deeply saddened for Njogu’s demise.
“I am deeply saddened by the demise of radio journalist Robin Njogu. I worked with Robin for many years managing radio news and this is a huge loss to the Royal Media Services family and the media fraternity. May God be gracious with his soul.” She said.
Renowned journalist Robin Njogu died at Aga Khan Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19.
The Radio Citizen Managing Editor died on Monday, March 14, just days after his mother.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru paid his respects to Njogu describing him as a “consummate journalist who contributed heavily to the development of radio news in the country.”
Several journalists drawn from across the country mourned Njogu who was until his demise the Head of Radio News at Royal Media Services.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.