By Thomas Musau- The Diaspora Times UK Senior Correspondent
The Kenya Parents In USA has learned with deep shock and sadness the passing on of
Gitau wa Njenga, a renowned Kenyan journalist who lived in the UK for 18 years before relocating back to Kenya in 2010.
It is understood he had been unwell for some time.
While in the UK Gitau was a UK’s News Correspondent for Standard and Nation.
Gitau’s love for investigative journalism
Earned him the Kenya Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award in 2004 for special investigative reports on the murders of British tourist Julie Ward and former Kenya Foreign Minister Dr. Robert Ouko, which occurred in Kenya in the 1990s.
He is also credited for writing an article that prompted UK police to launch a murder inquiry about a Kenyan woman Anne Wambui who was murdered by her husband in London in 2004. The man was later convicted for her murder.
Gitau covered the first Kenya gay marriage in London published in Kenya’s Nation newspaper in 2009.
In 2006 Gitau launched Jambo Magazine, a full-color glossy magazine celebrating African success in the diaspora.
In the meantime tributes continue to flow from the many friends and acquaintances Gitau gained during the time he lived in the UK.
Njehu Nganga, photographer and branding expert based in the UK wrote on his Facebook:
” RIP Gitau Wa Njenga. It was always laughter with you around”
He added: “I will remember you for how your investigative journalism helped convict the husband to Anne Wambui of her murder in 2004 in London.
Hard to say goodbye.”
Gakuru Macharia, a publisher, Author & Broadcaster based in the UK said: “
I worked with Gitau on different projects as a colleague. As an investigative journalist, he made my work easy by verifying some of the facts.”
Mr. Macharia added: “On several occasions, his fearless journalism was threatened by those who had skeletons in their closets. He had many exclusive stories and was loved by many for his fearless approach and hated by those he exposed”
Ross Anson a print journalist and former colleague of Gitau currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa said:
“Rest in peace, Gitau Wa Njenga. Your work will continue to inspire millions of people, even after you’re gone.
He added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family “
Another Facebook post from one Evans Kibe reads: ” Gone too soon Gitau wa Njenga. Your professional journalism will forever be remembered.
May your soul have eternal rest”
Gitau studied journalism and broadcasting at the University of Salford and later joined the University of Westminster to do photojournalism which he completed in 2009.
On relocating back to Kenya in 2010, Gitau tried to join politics with little success. During the 2013 general elections, he vied for the Kikuyu parliamentary seat on a TNA ticket but lost at the nomination stage. He left TNA and joined New Democrats Party. He lost to the TNA candidate in a race with 12 candidates.
Friends of Gitau Wa Njenga have started a Whatsapp group to ensure he is given a decent send-off.
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