Swahili literary giant Ken Walibora was confirmed dead on Wednesday. However, it remains unclear when he actually passed on.
According to sources close to his family, the novelist was taken to hospital by police after he was found unconscious and it was not clear if he was involved in an accident, as was earlier reported.
News reports also reveal that the former Nation TV news anchor was living all by himself in Nairobi at the time of his death.
His cousin Teresa Buyela says that police found him unconscious on Friday and took him to the hospital, but it is still not certain that he was hit by a car as widely reported.
Teresa revealed that a few of his relatives had gone to visit him over the weekend at his Lavington home, but were told that he had not returned since Friday. Their search for their beloved relative led them to KNH morgue on Tuesday.
Walibora’s nuclear family (his wife and children) was in the US while the author stayed alone in Lavington.
“Ken was a down to earth man, he could drive to our rural home, where he could join my parents for days. He loved indigenous vegetables, he could ask mom to prepare him some traditional meals as he enjoyed staying in village. It was something that had left people who knew him with confusion for a man who lived a quiet life,” said Teresa.
As the family embarks on arrangements to ensure Walibora rests well in his rural area, it was not clear whether the restricted movement that had temporarily blocked movement in and out of Nairobi and government guidelines on burial arrangements following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic will allow thousands of fans to give him a decent send off.
Back at his rural home in Sibanga, Cherang’any residents are also yet to come to terms with the fact that one of there own was no more.
Most of them were in the dark still can’t comprehend what transpired.