Kanze Dena’s dad to be laid to rest on Saturday, March 17

The father of Citizen Television news anchor Kanze Dena will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 17.

Harry Kitao Stephens will be laid to rest at Lang’ata Cemetery as he had wished.

Mr. Kitao passed away on March 9 after a short illness.

A requiem mass was held at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi on Friday, March 16, where mourners eulogised Mr Kitao as a devoted Christian who loved people from different social divides.

“He had no age or tribal barrier as he always wanted to understand someone for who they were, and not where they came from,” his family said in written eulogy.

Mr. Kitao first fell ill on January 29, when he was rushed to a city hospital and was admitted to the High Dependency Unit.

Mr. Kitao, an ex-hotelier, was discharged eight days later.

His condition, unfortunately, worsened on February 16, and was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at the Nairobi West Hospital. His condition, thereafter, improved, and he was moved to the general ward, where he underwent dialysis sessions twice every week.

“He was always in a cheerful mood; even though he would be in pain, he was always grateful for God’s grace,” said Mr. Kitao’s family.

“On March 9, he developed breathing complications in the ward and had to be rushed to the ICU for resuscitation for half an hour. After much effort from the doctors and nurses was unsuccessful, he was pronounced dead at 8am.”

He is survived by a wife, Zainabu Kiwasi; two daughters Kanze Dena and Elsie Hemsi; a son Frank Meliso and a grandson Nathaniel Amani.

Among those who attended Mr. Kitao’s requiem mass at the All Saints Cathedral include Kanze Dena’s colleagues from Royal Media Services Limited including Citizen TV news anchor Swaleh Mdoe, sports anchor Bernard Ndong, senior reporter Francis Gachuri, among others.

Others who also attended the function included: Taveta MP Naomi Shaban; who is a sister-in-law to the deceased, veteran radio broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela, among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is among those who condoled with Mr Kitao’s family.

In a condolence message last Sunday, March 11, President Kenyatta said Mr. Kitao will be remembered for his focus and zeal to improve his family, the community and the nation.

“It is with grief and a deep sense of loss that I learnt of the death of Mr. Stephens and I convey my deep sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and friends,” President Kenyatta said.

“At this moment of sorrow and grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the family, relatives and friends of Mr Stephens. It is my prayer that the Almighty God will give you all the strength to bear the loss,” President Kenyatta added.


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