A veteran Journalist John Muganda is dead, the scribe passed on at Bungoma County Referral Hospital on Wednesday.
Family and friends sources confirmed that Muganda died after suffering from High sugar level and was also diabetic.
The deceased was admitted at the medical facility on Sunday where he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit with breathing difficulties but was discharged on Monday and taken to the private wing where he was responding well to medication.
“He started having difficult breathing problems today morning and had swollen feet, efforts by Doctors to resuscitate him were futile and he passed on this afternoon,” said a family source who asked for anonymity.
Until his death Muganda was a correspondent with the Weekly Citizen newspaper, he previously worked with the Standard Newspaper and before then he worked with the defunct Kenya times newspaper during the late President Arap Moi.
The fearless journalist was once handed down and arrested, airlifted to Nairobi where he met Moi at State House who by then is said to have cautioned him against writing negative stories about his government.
Narrating the story to this writer when he was still alive, Muganda who stays in Bungoma town but hails from Tongaren constituency stated that he was arrested by heavily built security agents who bundled him into the police boot and him tortured overnight.
“I had written the story that didn’t augur well with President Moi’s government, when he toured Namachanja high school in Bungoma town he called out for my name and ordered me to sit under his feet as the function proceeded,” he narrated.
He added, “I was so terrified all along the function, after delivering his speech, I was picked by red eyed security agents to bundled me into their vehicle,I was really tortured, then the next day I was airlifted to meet the head of state,”.
Muganda has been eulogized a friendly person who always liked team work.
Yusuf Masibo of People Daily who worked alongside the deceased said that he was a fearless person who never entertained jokes at work.
“He has been sickly for the past two months and we are sad to have lost him, Muganda Wasa jovial person a team member, we will greatly miss his services,” said Masibo.
Another close friend, Bungoma County government Attorney Cyril Wayong’o described the deceased as his close friend who offered communication services to him.
“Muganda was down to earth guy, he was my closest confidant, he offered professional services to me and we were very close buddies, may his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Wayong’o.
Oti Oteba, the Bungoma County Press Club Secretary said that he was hard hit and saddened by the unfortunate news.
“Muganda could not entertain no-no-nonsense, he would tell the source the bitter truth and couldn’t compromise with his work, he was a father figure in this profession, never differed with anybody, he always did his work diligently and would always advice us to stick to the journalist code of conduct and ethics if we were to go far,” said Oteba.