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VIDEO: Shock as Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, a Kenyan media entrepreneur in US, dies after short illness

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

US-based Kenyan media personality and entrepreneur, Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, has passed away. According to family sources, Ms Kariuki died at  Texas Presbyterian hospital in Plano, where she had been rushed after a short illness.

Sources told Kenya Satellite News (KSN) that she passed away while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Ms Kariuki, the President and CEO of Karisan Media, became ill suddenly on Thursday and was rushed to the hospital. Speaking to KSN on Friday, Mr Henry Pasha, the co-owner of Karisan Media company and a close friend to Njeri, said that he was still in shock after learning of the demise.

“I am in Alabama but I am taking the first flight out to Texas. I am confused…but I can confirm to you that indeed, Njeri is no more,” he said in a phone interview with this reporter.

Njeri’s mother, who is visiting the US, was informed of the death and, on Friday night, was on her way to Texas from New Jersey, where she was being hosted since she arrived from Kenya.

“It is extremely devastating for her as she had not met her daughter since she arrived in the US,” said a family source.

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By the time of going to press, the actual cause of death had not been made public.

News of Njeri’s passing caught many by surprise as she was not known to have any medical issues prior to Thursday.

Pasha had earlier written the following on Facebook: “I have received very bad news, my mentor, friend confidant..an icon to diaspora has passed away…I am the only Kenyan who knows where she lives…I am very far away,I don’t know where to start because I was the only one she had..and I was not there to see her off…I cannot even know why,because I am far…”

Another friend, Monica Macharia, wrote the following on Facebook: She was at my house Sunday! We agreed I call her leo after work so we can host a radio show tomorrow! Am shocked! Pole sana Pasha, may her soul Rest In Peace.

Essy W Harry said the following in this lengthy post: “Am lost for words, Njeri Thomi Kariuki I cannot believe you are gone. I ask myself how, why……..We forged our friendships here on Facebook back in the day when active on diaspora matters and radio, some of us gave up, but you never did, I admired your tenacity and passion for what you believed in.”

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Mukurima Muriuki wrote: “Devastated to learn about the passing on of Njeri Thomi Kariuki. I doubt there is anyone in the Diaspora who did not know about Njeri, for her contribution to Diaspora affairs went beyond the ordinary call of duty. Njeri never hesitated to speak her mind even when her position was the least favored.

May the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace.”

Here is a message from Njeri’s Mother and family…

Following the sudden death Susan Njeri Kariuki, her mum, family and friends invite you to join them tomorrow Sat August 26th at David and Grace (Her cousin) home at 409 Vista Noche Drive, Lewisville TX 75067 from 7pm. This will be  the first meeting to formulate a send off committee. Susan knew no boundaries, she has lived amongst us with joy, her voice will live in memories for long.

For further information please contact the following
Grace Waigwa  2147266839
David Gachie.   4109004527
Betty Ellis.         8326466491
Alex Karundu.   4694388388
Grace Chege.    2146169894

More details to follow.

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VIDEO: Someone tell New York Times, in Kenya we align the journalists ourselves

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A furious Citizen TV journalist turned on his colleagues on Wednesday for blocking his shot during a media briefing that was being televised live.

Senior Reporter Hassan Mugambi, with vast experience in security matters, had spent hours covering events at 14 Riverside complex and did not take it kindly when his view was blocked

In a video clip that has gone viral, Mugambi is seen smacking other journalists on their backs as he tells them to cower and stop blocking his view.

 

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VIDEO: Woman claims singer Ben Githae has abandoned her with twins 

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A woman has come out claiming  Tano Tena hit maker Ben Githae has left her with two little girls.

The woman, Rose Wanjiru said she had an affair with the gospel singer and got twins from the relationship, but Mr Githae has now neglected taking care of the children.

However, reached for comment, Ben Githae rubbished the claims saying he was paying for rent for the woman.

“If she want to soil my name by going to media and if she thinks going to the media will help her, let her do it, but I have not denied the children are mine,” said Mr Githae.

The woman claims she met Mr Githae in 2011 in Thika where he had gone to perform, she got pregnant in 2016.

According to Ms Wanjiru, the singer helped her for sometime and later withdrew. She claims he at one time sent Mungiki thugs to beat her up when she was pregnant. Ms Wanjiru claims Githae later claimed the children belonged to a Pastor called JJ Gitahi.

“I have told him if the children are not his, let him come we carry out a DNA, he has stopped paying for rent, and claimed the children are Pastor JJ’s,” she said adding that she had met with pastor JJ Gitahi on three occasions then stopped so she could concentrate on Mr Githae.

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American newspaper New York Times declines to pull down graphic images on Dusit attack

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The New York Times has come under intense pressure from its readers and Kenyans online for publishing graphic images of victims of Tuesday’s terror attack at Dusit D2 Hotel at Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Kenyans on Twitter came out in droves to condemn the New York Times after it published gory images that attracted a global outcry.

In a statement, the American publication said: “We have heard from some readers upset with our publishing a photo showing victims after a brutal attack in Nairobi.”

“We understand how painful this coverage can be, and we try to be very sensitive in how we handle both words and images in these situations,” the statement read.

Images published by powerful paper on its website showed bodies in the restaurant, victims covered in blood and gory scenes.

This sparked off an online backlash, with some readers asking the publisher to pull them down, because of their distasteful nature.

But the publisher is yet to delete the photos from their story.

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We want to be respectful to the victims and to others affected by the attack. But we also believe it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this — this includes showing pictures that are not sensationalised but that give a real sense of the situation,” the publisher said in a statement published on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The publisher said they take the same approach worldwide whenever such events occur by balancing the need for sensitivity for respect with its mission of showing the reality of the happenings.

Source: Daily Nation

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