Veteran KBC Journalist Laban Karani Dies

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KBC's TV studio in Nairobi County.

The family of former KBC journalist, politician, and businessman, Laban Karani, announced his death after a long battle with diabetes.

Karani passed away on Monday night, May 29, according to the family, who described him as an evolutionary leader.

"My dad was a true father, a leader, and a man of the people," stated his daughter.

"It was a sad moment for the family as he suffered from diabetes and hypertension. In the past months, he was in and out of the hospital before he succumbed," his wife, Rhoda Karani, stated.

Former KBC journalist Laban Karani addressing the media in 2015
Former KBC journalist Laban Karani addressing the media in 2015
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The journalist was a news editor and news anchor on the national broadcaster radio and TV between 1990-1998 before joining Mediamax.

He vied for a political seat and was elected the Mwimbi Member of the County Assembly (MCA) in 2013.

Some of the programs the deceased hosted were Swahili News and Dunia Wiki Hii on both radio and television.

His colleagues in the industry recalled their interaction with Karani at the media house, with some stating that he had a passion for Kiswahili. 

"When he came from the institution, I worked with him. He enjoyed self-training especially in Kiswahili. I send my condolences to the family," stated former KBC anchor Edward Kadilo.

On his part, David Arap Maiyo, a former anchor at the national broadcaster, stated that Karani's demise was a great loss as he was beloved by many.

Additionally, Citizen TV's Fred Machokaa eulogised him as a happy person willing to learn from other veterans. 

The deceased left behind a wife and two children.

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A photo of Kenyans walking on the busy streets of Nairobi
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