Former NTV News Anchor Dies

Mukami, who also served recently as the board member at Kenya Pipeline, succumbed at the Nairobi Hospital on Thursday, March 18.

Former NTV News Anchor Dies

Former NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami is dead.

Mukami, who also served recently as the board member at Kenya Pipeline, succumbed at the Nairobi Hospital on Wednesday, March 17.

Reports have so far claimed that she succumbed to COVID-19.

She was appointed to the Kenya Pipeline Board in 2018 for a period of three years.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 (1) (e) of the State Corporations Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining appoints Jinaro Kibet, Rita Achieng Okuthe, Winnie Mukami to be members of the Board of Kenya Pipeline Company, for a period of three years, with effect from June 6, 2018,” a gazette notice read.

The deceased also owned a PR company, Winners Frontiers International Ltd.

A number of journalists have since taken to social media to share news of her passing.

"Just got the news that we have lost another media colleague, former NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami. Condolences to her family and friends as she rests," Radio Africa Group Editor Oliver Mathenge wrote.

Mukami shot to fame in 2003 when she anchored NTV News when it was launched. She had started her career journey at KBC as a TV and radio current affairs presenter and producer two years earlier.

It is while working at Nation Media Group that her star shone and she was often compared with celebrated anchors such as Katherine Kasavuli, Swaleh Mdoe, Sophie Ikenye, and Louis Otieno amongst others. 

In a previous interview, the ex-news anchor narrated that her most memorable TV experience was during the 2007 PEV when she had to be in the studio the whole day reporting on the news as it unraveled. 

“I remember how a couple of my colleagues at some point could not make it to work as they were stranded in their homes as a result of the chaos across the country,” recollected Mukami.

She also broke the news when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto were implicated in the violence and were to face charges at the International Criminal Court. 

In 2010, Mukami left the station and founded her own public relations consultancy, Winners Frontiers International Limited.

"Having worked in Broadcast Industry for over eight years, I bring valuable experience acquired from the industry to our various Clients at Winners Frontiers," part of her Linked-in account read.

In 2018, she was appointed to the board of Kenya Pipeline Company for a period of three years by then Petroleum Secretary John Munyes.

Mukami revealed to People Daily in January 2019 that she used to hawk uji (porridge) to construction workers before she secured formal employment. 

Mukami's death comes two days after the loss of another figure in the media circles, Royal Media Sevices' (RMS) Radio Citizen Managing Editor Robin Njogu.