Darlington Manyara, a Standard Group journalist who is based in Meru, has died.
He died yesterday, 18 February 2020 at his home in Kithoka Estate Meru town after a short illness.
Darlington fell sick upon returning from Mombasa.
Darlington’s family is suffering double tragedy since it’s one month after his elder brother Ronny Nturibi died.
The journalist had traveled to Mombasa to pick Nturibi’s belongings.
Darlington majored in crime and court reporting for The Standard. Additionally, he reported news for Radio Maisha, which is a sister station to Standard.
Francis Ngige, who is the Standard Group Chief for Mt. Kenya Region, said Darlington’s death is a significant loss to the media fraternity and the region.
In a statement, Ngige said, “Manyara was a bubbly workmate who was passionate in journalism. We will all miss his services. May God strengthen his family and his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Darlington joined the company in 2016, and he was based in Standard Group’s Meru office. His colleagues sent endless tribute to the family, terming his death as a painful loss.
Alice Manyara, his mother, said they had lost a lastborn who was their greatest pillar.
The mother said, “My son grew up without any health complications. What makes me sad is that he was not sick when they were leaving for Mombasa.”
John Paul Mwirigi Igembe South MP mourned the journalist he said, “My heart was heavy after receiving the sad news of my friend’s death. Darlington was kind and dedicated to his work.”
Wainaina Ndung’u the senior colleague at Meru Standard office said, “Darlington was talented in journalism.”
Darlington was born in a family of two brothers and one sister. He schooled at Kithoka Primary and went to Burieruri Boys High School in Igembe.
In 2014, he studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Technical University of Mombasa. Previously he worked with Nation Media Group before joining the Standard.