Ex-NMG Journalist's Promise to Daughter Before Crash Recovered in Secret Diary

  • Photo collage of the saloon car which crashed on Sunday January 15, 2022 and former NMG Journalist William Oeri during a past assignment
    Photo collage of the saloon car which crashed on Sunday, January 15, 2022, and former NMG Journalist William Oeri during a past assignment.
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  • Former Nation Media Group (NMG) photojournalist William Oeri kept a secret diary recovered after his car burst into flames along the Kenol Sagana road in Murang'a County, killing him on the spot.

    According to Murang'a South police boss Alexander Shikondi the diary had secret messages the journalist had jotted down as 2023 resolutions.

    One of the commitments featured prominently in the diary was a pledge to fully support his daughter in achieving her educational goals.

    The late photo-journalist William Oeri during the Mater Heart Run on May 25, 2019
    The late photo-journalist William Oeri during the Mater Heart Run on May 25, 2019
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    The deceased had also penned a petition prayer in the diary hoping for the unity of his family in 2023.

    "My family heals and remain together in love," the prayer read in part.

    According to the preliminary report, the incident occurred in the Kitini area where the former Nation Media photo sub-editor was driving his saloon car.

    "He was driving alone towards Kenol town. He was in a head-on collision with an Isuzu tipper," the police incident report read.

    "Further, Oeri's car burst into flames, but members of the public managed to extinguish it using sand. Both vehicles, which were extensively damaged, were towed to Makuyu police station,” the officers stated.

    Oeri died on the spot while the driver of the lorry and another passenger sustained minor injuries following the crash.

    "We are sorry to the media fraternity. On behalf of the Murang'a South security committee and the government here, we are touched. May it be well," Murang'a police boss wrote.

    Nation Media Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephen Gitagama eulogised Oeri as a committed team member.

    "He worked well with and could fit in with all Kenyans. Pole(Sorry) to the family and may his soul rest in peace," Gitagama stated.

    Before joining the media industry, the deceased had a short stint in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).

    The car wreck of an accident involving former NMG photo-journalist William Oeri on Sunday January 15, 2023.jpg
    The car wreck of an accident involving former NMG photo-journalist William Oeri on Sunday, January 15, 2023.
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