Bungoma Based Veteran Journalist Dies In Eldoret

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The Media Industry has yet suffered another major blow following the death of a veteran Journalist based in Bungoma County.

A veteran Journalist Walinywa Mukhamule passed on at St Luke’s Orthopedic and Trauma Hospital in Eldoret town on Tuesday night.

Mukhamule vied for the gubernatorial seat in Bungoma County in 2013 and was until his death a member of the Bungoma Municipality board.

Two weeks ago he was involved in an accident at Mabanga shopping centre on Bungoma-Webuye highway as he avoided an head on collision with a trailer before his vehicle lost control and rolled several times landing in a ditch.

He was rendered immobile following the accident and was taken to Bungoma West hospital in Kanduyi market before he was taken to Eldoret for specialized treatment.

A family member who talked to this writer on condition of anonymity revealed that Mukhamule passed on in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“We have lost him, he has gone to be with the Angels, as a family we are in deep shock following untimely death,” said the family member.

This comes a week later after a photojournalist cum musician Peter Oteng alias Storm was found murdered and his body dumped on the road at Sunrise Estate in the outskirts of Bungoma town.

He was buried in Kampala, Uganda his native home on Monday.

This is what the deceased wrote on his Facebook page on August 1, 2021.

WALINYWA: “I was driving home from Baringo when I got involved in a accident at Mabanga. I was attempting to avoid colliding with a bus and a trailer when I lost control of the vehicle landing in a ditch in the process. After I landed in a ditch with a broken leg, some people robbed me instead of Assisting… I nevertheless thank two boys who really assisted me…. Am Hospitalized at Bungoma West Hospital awaiting an operation on my broken leg”.

Walinywa who hails from Bunambobi village in Bumula ward but stayed in Bungoma town is a retired Kenya News Agency director and a former communication office at the Kenya Ambassador’s office in USA in 1990.

He later joined Kenya Airways as a communication director until 1993.

After his retirement he ventured into business and farming before trying his hand in politics in 2013 where he was trounced by the former Bungoma County governor Ken Lusaka.

In 2017 he was part of the campaign team of the current governor Wycliffe Wangamati.

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