VETERAN NEWS REPORTER
PERSONAL TRIBUTE BY COAST CULTURAL WRITER FARAJ DUMILA
media fraternity has lost one of
its pioneer journalists - Francis Raymond, popularly
known as 'Rafiki'.
death saddened several hundred of his colleagues with
whom he always worked with a strong sense of
and in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
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.
colleague fondly recalled how "Francis was
particularly concerned with accuracy and good
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.
was later transferred to
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.
was a reliable, friendly, helpful and extremely hard working newsman.
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.
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.
weeks earlier to his death, Rafiki had lost his beloved wife.
Almighty Allah rest their souls in Heaven.