Fallen author and veteran journalist Professor Ken Waliaula Walibora was on Wednesday laid to rest at his Makutano homestead in Cherang’any constituency in a ceremony attended by few mourners.
Professor Walibora who was celebrated by many owing to his exemplary creative writing skills and excellent journalistic skills was only buried by 15 mourners in line with government guidelines curbing spread of corona virus.
Those who attended the 47 minutes funeral service were majorly his extended family members, neighbours and scholars. His wife Ann Chebet and his two kids Sheila Zawadi and Katila Samba were not in attendance since they are in USA.
The deceased’s body which was airlifted from Nairobi arrived at 2.30 pm upon which the Jehova Witness church commenced the burial service with villagers following events from a distance.
Family spokesperson Patrick Lumumba called on the government investigative agencies to get to the bottom of Walibora’s killing after an autopsy that revealed he suffered stab wounds.
“We are calling on the government to ensure justice is served and killers of our brother are brought to book. Ken died a painful death and those behind should not go scot free,” said Lumumba.
Scholars led by Kibabii University’s vice Chancellor Odeo Ipara, described Walibora’s death as great loss to the academic fraternity saying his scholarly works will forever remain ideal for future generations.
“Ken was a great academician whose scholarly works were cherished across the world. His death has left a wide gap within the fraternity but his input will remain useful,” said professor Ipara.
Trans Nzoia scholar’s led by St. Peter’s Mumias High school principal Cosmas Nabungolo described the late as an educationist and a sportsman who added value among students in schools by promoting the growth of Swahili language.
“Our young generation witnessed an upgrade in creative writing which inculcated pillars of uprightness and discipline while promoting Fasihi. He also cherished nurturing soccer talents,” said Mr. Nabungolo.