Ex-KTN Sports Journalist Dies

Soi died on Wednesday, May 26 at a Nairobi Hospital. Sources close to the station told Viral Tea that he succumbed to a long illness.

Ex-KTN Sports Journalist Dies

Former KTN sports journalist Robert Soi is dead.

Soi died on Wednesday, May 26 at a Nairobi Hospital. Sources close to the station told Viral Tea that he succumbed to a long illness.

"He has been sick for sometime. Was told he was undergoing operation. No much information for now," stated the source.

Portrait of former KTN sports journalist Robert Soi. /FILE

Soi had been admitted to the hospital on Thursday, May 20, where he underwent a surgery. He went into a coma until Wednesday when he passed on.

He was husband to Aljazeera journalist Catherine Wambua Soi, together they sired two children. The two met at KTN where Catherine also worked as a reporter.

Soi was a sports anchor with the Standard Media Group-owned station back in the 2000s.

Condolence messages have since flooded in to mourn the departed sports scribe.

"A sad day following the death of Robert Soi. He was at KTN and CGTN before going into business. Condolences to Catherine," wrote Daniel Wahome.

"RIP Robert Soi former KTN sports presenter. Once shared a drink with him years ago. Quite friendly, we bumped into each other and hugged like old buddies, yet that was the first time we met. Pole sana Catherine. Genuinely sad to have learnt about Robert`s demise," Tairas Waiyaka stated.

Soi's death comes a month after former Nation Media Group (NMG)'s Taifa Leo sub-editor Dennis Geoffrey Mauya, alias Mauya Omauya, succumbed on Monday, April 26 outside a liquor store in Donholm Estate, Nairobi.

Reports had indicated initially that Mauya succumbed to COVID-19 but an autopsy report ruled it out as he died of cardiac arrest owing to constrictive pericarditis --a rare condition that is caused by the inflammation of the sac-like membrane that surrounds the heart.

Mauya joined NMG in 2007 but left a year later after he got a sponsorship to study for a master’s degree in International Studies, Communications and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London in the United Kingdom.

During his time in London, Mauya was a regular contributor to the Taifa Leo newspaper. He returned to NMG as Taifa Leo sub-editor in 2012 but left in December 2014 to pursue other interests.

Former Taifa Leo sub-editor Dennis Geoffrey Mauya. /FILE