S.K. Macharia, Gathoni Macharia mourn veteran broadcaster Mohammed Juma
Royal Media Services (RMS) chairman S.K. Macharia and Vice Chairperson Gathoni Macharia are mourning the loss of veteran broadcaster and long-serving employee Mohammed Juma Njuguna.
Mohammed died on Saturday morning after a long illness at a Nairobi hospital.
Dr. Macharia and Mrs. Macharia said his death is a devastating and painful blow to the RMS family and the media industry at large.
“Njuguna was not only a dedicated member of the Royal Media Family but fiercely loyal to the brand, a rare breed in the current media landscape. He was among the founding members of Radio Citizen in 1999 and remained committed to the cause even during the trying times,” they said on Saturday.
They added that he was a man of impeccable integrity whose contribution to the growth and expansion of Radio Citizen and the entire Royal Media Services Limited cannot be gainsaid.
Royal Media Services’ Group Managing Director, Wachira Waruru, eulogised the late Mohammed Juma Njuguna as a “broadcasting icon”, who was a “dear friend” to him.
“I am deeply saddened; the country has lost a broadcasting icon, who demonstrated the highest level of commitment and passion for his work. I have lost a dear friend and colleague. May his soul rest in peace,” said Mr Waruru.
During his time at Royal Media Services, he used his skills, expertise and in-depth knowledge in journalism, particularly sports and football commentary to offer guidance and nurture young talent.
“We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, fans and colleagues at the Royal Media Services and pray to God to give strength to his loved ones during this difficult time,” they added.
Mr. Fred Afune, the Group ICT and Radio Director at RMS, also conveyed his condolences to the family of Mohammed Juma Njuguna.
According to him, the late Juma was a talented and veteran broadcast journalist with unmatched radio football commentary.
“We have lost an icon, a mentor and a father figure. Mohammed has been a pillar of Radio Citizen and Royal Media for the past 20 years. He is among the founding employees of RMS. I am quite saddened and will personally miss his wise counsel and wit. Thanks for the beautiful memories and rest in peace Moha. We shall miss you,” Mr. Afune said on Saturday.
He added that the late Juma played a key role in the growth of Radio Citizen and at the time of his demise, his age notwithstanding, he still made his presence felt through the daily segment Taaraifa za Wandishi.
Besides his commitment, reliability and dedication to work, Mr. Afune said he will be remembered as among the first indigenous football commentators starting way back at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
“With profound sadness and on behalf of RMS Family I pass my condolences to his family, friends and fans. His powerful, strong and commanding voice will surely be missed on the airwaves at home and abroad,” Mr. Afune added.