Renowned former KBC journalist and politician Laban Karani has sadly passed away, as announced by his family. On May 29, he succumbed to Diabetes, marking the end of a remarkable life.
Karani’s daughter described him as a true father, a leader, and a man of the people. His wife, Rhoda Karani, revealed that he had been battling hypertension and diabetes, leading to frequent hospital visits in recent months.
Having worked as a news anchor and editor at KBC from 1990 to 1998, Karani showcased top-notch journalistic skills and great leadership. He later joined Mediamax and successfully served as the Mwimbi ward MCA after being elected in 2013. His contributions to programs like Swahili News and Dunia Wiki Hii will always be remembered.
The news of Karani’s passing has deeply saddened fellow journalists who had the privilege of interacting with him. Former KBC anchor Edward Kadilo sent heartfelt condolences to the family, remembering how Karani’s self-training in Swahili language was enjoyed by many when he joined the station. Another former KBC journalist, David Arap Maiyo, expressed the immense loss felt by the many people who loved Karani.
Fred Machokaa from Citizen TV fondly remembered Karani as a joyful person, while Thomas Gesora, a former colleague, mourned the loss of a great friend. On social media, Thomas shared his sorrow and paid tribute to Karani’s significant contributions to KBC Kiswahili radio and TV news in the late 1990s.
Laban Karani is survived by his wife and two children. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in eternal peace.