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DP Ruto mourns veteran journalist Johnson Barasa

The media fraternity is mourning following the death of veteran photojournalist Johnson Barasa who died on Tuesday, April 21.

Until his demise, Barasa was working with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Barasa was working with fellow correspondent Sarah Kimani who announced his death on Tuesday though details that led to his demise are scanty.

“Some very personal news out of the SABC news Nairobi office. This afternoon our dear colleague and cameraman Johnson Barasa took his final bow. We thank the Lord for the time we spent with him. May his soul rest in Peace. I will now be taking a break from social media to mourn a dear friend, colleague, and father figure. Go well, my dear friend,” Sarah wrote on Twitter.

Among Kenyans who mourned Barasa include Deputy President William Ruto who described the late as a fearless, tireless, insightful and a dedicated seeker of truth.

“Barasa was a dedicated seeker of truth, a force with the unrivalled ability and a third eye for news. He was fearless, tireless, insightful and uncompromising. We will miss his humility, resilience and focus. Our prayers and love to the family, friends, colleagues at the South African Broadcasting Corporation News, Nairobi and the entire journalism community. Rest In Peace,” Ruto wrote on Twitter.

Citizen TV’s Linus Kaikai also mourned Barasa whom he thanked for his contribution in his (Kaikai) career.

“Johnson Barasa was to me a career big brother. Because of him I gathered the confidence to face the camera for the first time as an intern. I moved with him to SABC and together we told good and bad stories around the world. Devastated that Barasa is gone,” he said.

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