Although the sudden news of Betty Barasa’s death has gripped the entire nation since it broke out yesterday morning, the tragic incident appears to have had a particularly devastating effect on Betty’s workmates at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, KBC.
This was clearly the case with Good Morning Kenya host, and news anchor, Regina Manyara, popularly known as Ray.
Yesterday, during the station’s nine PM nighttime news, Regina Manyara was the one burdened with the task of informing the late evening viewers of her colleague’s demise.
Although the first part of her delivery was also difficult, she managed to get through it, handing over to the station’s reporter who had covered the incident from the scene of crime in Kajiado where the killing took place.
As the story came to an end, a soundtrack of dirges commemorating the lost life of Betty was played, and pictures of her with friends and family during happier days when she was still alive graced the TV screen.
Afterwards, Regina Manyara struggled to move on to the next story, but seemed like she almost couldn’t.
After giving her condolences to her departed colleague and friend, she appeared to veer off script, with her voice breaking.
She said that in all her years as a journalist, she had never imagined that a day would come when she would be delivering such kind of news.
She went on to say that while the incident itself was shocking, what made it even more so was the fact that just 24 hours earlier, she had been with the late Betty.
She again conveyed her best wishes then moved on to the next story, appearing to have somehow recovered from the gush of emotions.
Betty Barasa was killed on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen who waited for her outside her Kajiado home, before taking her into custody and forcing her into her house where they reportedly executed her