Sally Kwendo, a former journalist with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), passed away on November 28, 2023, at 5:30 am.
Her untimely death has left family, friends, and the media community in mourning.
Contrary to initial social media claims of abduction, Sally’s mother revealed in a media interview that her daughter was battling depression.
In the wake of Sally’s passing, her mother clarified that Sally’s death was not the result of a kidnapping, as previously suggested.
Sally’s illness had been a significant factor, with her mother emphasizing that the kidnapping story was fabricated by Sally herself.
According to Sally’s mother, Sally had admitted to concocting the abduction narrative as an attempt to test her friends’ love and concern for her.
Sally’s mother stated, “She was sick, and I am a witness to that. She was not kidnapped like what has been reported out there.”
Sally’s health had been deteriorating over the course of a week, leading to her admission to Kenyatta Hospital.
Sally’s mother expressed her observations of Sally’s mental state, noting that she could sense the decline in their phone conversations. Sally’s struggles with depression were confirmed by medical professionals during her hospitalization.
Sally Kwendo, who was married to former Nairobi Police boss Benson Kibue, had a notable career in journalism, working at both KBC and West FM.
Her passing has not only impacted her family but also the media community where she made significant contributions.
During her funeral, Sally was remembered as a generous person. Her children, who affectionately referred to their parents as ‘babe,’ shared anecdotes about their mother’s love and the family’s close bond. Sally was laid to rest in Bunyore, Vihiga County, in the presence of close family and friends.
Sally’s husband, Benson Kibue, fondly described her as a darling at the funeral, reminiscing about their first meeting at her workplace. The couple had a loving relationship, evident in the endearing term of affection they used for each other.