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  OBITUARY  

July 17 - 23 , 2009

 

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FRANCIS RAYMOND RAFIKI
VETERAN NEWS REPORTER

A PERSONAL TRIBUTE BY COAST CULTURAL WRITER FARAJ DUMILA

Coastweek -- Indigenous Coast media fraternity has lost one of its pioneer journalists - Francis Raymond, popularly known as 'Rafiki'.

His death saddened several hundred of his colleagues with whom he always worked with a strong sense of co-operation and in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

It was he, together with the late Neta Peal, who established a bureau for Daily Nation, early in the 60's and ever since he became recognized for his often outstanding news reporting.

A Mombasa colleague fondly recalled how "Francis was particularly concerned with accuracy and good English."

He systematically earned promotions with Nation News papers - ranging from a junior reporter, senior reporter to Coast Bureau Chief - succeeding his colleague Adrian Grimwood, together with the then commercial manager Shiraz Alibhai.

Coastweek -- Francis Raymond 'Rafiki'.

He was later transferred to Nairobi where he was a sub-editor - mainly editing news from the Coast as by then there was a full fledged page for Coast news and feature-lets.

Rafiki was a reliable, friendly, helpful and extremely hard working newsman.

This writer is ever grateful for his consistent help he used to offer that enabled him to continue for several years, during the writer's tenure, as a regular contributor to both Daily Nation and Taifaleo.

On his retirement - together with Hon. Joe Hamisi, and sports writer Abdurahaman Shariff - he established a short lived, fortnightly, bilingual (English and Kiswahili) periodical for Coast readers.

Two weeks earlier to his death, Rafiki had lost his beloved wife.

May Almighty Allah rest their souls in Heaven.

 

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