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Kenyans mourn pioneering journalist Joe Kadhi

Joe Kadhi

Kenyans are paying tribute to veteran journalist Joe Kadhi, who has died at a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

He had a long and distinguished career, once serving as managing editor of the country’s biggest newspaper, the Daily Nation – with some referring to him as the “godfather of print media” in Kenya.

He was also a media trainer and lecturer at the University of Nairobi, the University of Addis Ababa and the United States International University in Kenya before he retired.

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William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president and presidential election front-runner, called him a “truly gifted, dedicated and enthusiastic journalist who leaves behind an extraordinary body of work”.

“His mantra “‘Publish and Be Damned’ still rings in my head each time I need to defy power,” journalist Joe Ageyo tweeted.

Linus Kaikai, the editor of Citizen TV, said it was a “sad day” to lose “a mentor, professional guardian, legendary trainer and a pioneer of the golden generation”.

“Sad to learn of the passing on of Joe Kadhi, a respected member of my profession. He mentored many and inspired most of us with his knowledge and skills,” tweeted Philip Etale, spokesperson for prominent presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

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Kadhi’s family said he would be buried later on Thursday, according to the final rites of his Muslim faith.

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