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‘Standard’ journalist passes on after short illness

The media fraternity is mourning the sudden death of Nyeri-based Standard newspaper journalist Job Weru.

Weru, 36, passed on while receiving treatment at Ladnan Hospital in Nairobi on Monday morning.

He was taken ill shortly after arriving from a work trip in Israel last week and had been admitted at Avenue Hospital in parklands.

His condition initially improved until three days ago when it worsened and he was moved into High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Doctors at the hospital recommended that he be placed under intensive care.

SUCCUMBED

Weru developed breathing complications and succumbed to his illness while in ICU.

The father of two joined the Standard Group in 2003 where he worked as a correspondent in Laikipia and Nyeri regions.

He was well known for is conversance in the field of religion and is remembered for his coverage of the beatification of Blessed Irene Stefani, Nyaatha and the historic Pope’s visit to Kenya.

Standard Central Region Editor, Francis Ngige eulogized Weru as a dedicated journalist and a close friend.

“I don’t remember the last time I felt this low and devastated. I have lost a dedicated colleague and a friend,” Mr Ngige wrote on his Facebook page.

CONDOLENCE

Those who worked with him closely for many years also shared their messages of condolence.

“Job was the most jovial and respectful people I ever worked with. He was more of a brother than a colleage. These are hard times for the media family and we deeply condole with his family and friends,” said journalist Mr Eliud Waithaka.

His colleagues remembered him for his jovial character and boldness in reporting of matters on injustices against marginalized communities of Laikipia County. He has also been celebrated for his photography skills by his colleagues.

“You never seen a fellow so jolly, so full of life, so pure of heart, so full of adventure, so helpful, so full of charm. May peace that surpasses human understanding be with your loved ones,” KTN reporter Carol Nderi wrote on her Facebook page.

The late Weru hailed from Mureru in Laikipia County and is survived by his wife Anne Muringo, and two daughters Esther and Mary.

We at Nation Media Group wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to Weru’s family and the Standard Group fraternity.

May he rest in peace.