Journalists moving tribute to colleague who committed suicide

A somber mood engulfed the Kikuyu area of Kiambu County during the burial of former K24 TV director Joshua Ng’ang’a Wambui.

Ng’ang’a is reported to have committed suicide on Thursday, January 14, 2021, with his body found dangling from a tree, with the news of his death broken by fellow journalist Wangechi wa Kariuki.

During the sorrowful send-off, TV presenters and colleagues relayed their moving tributes to their departed brother describing him as industrious and passionate about his job.

His colleague on the morning shows Wangechi wa Kariuki reminisced Ng’ang’a’s last moments alive at work.

“When we were closing for the December holidays on the 18th of December, we had organized a staff meeting as colleagues. However, Josh called and said that he would not make it because his grandfather was ill.

“When we resumed work in January, he would contact one of the directors and ask him to cover his shift. The director would oblige but noticed that Josh did not look his usual self,” she stated.

Wangeci went ahead to ask mourners to pray for the deceased to find peace and eternal rest in death.

His grief-stricken boss Wainaina Mburu described Joshua as a hardworking man who never rubbed shoulders with colleagues.

“We have worked with Josh since 2017.”

“I realized that he had not shown up at work on January 3, 2021. I tried making calls but his phone was off. After two days, we contacted his family who also noted that they had not seen him. It is at this point that we started circulating posters of a missing person…” he said but was unable to finish his tribute.

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