KTN Swahili news anchor, Ahmed Darwesh passed on yesterday after a long battle with diabetes.The KTN Leo presenter was found motionless in his house in the evening by his colleagues after failing to show up for the 7 pm news bulletin.
Ahmed Darwesh’s body was taken to Mater Hospital and he will be buried today.Colleagues in the Media Industry have so far accorded tributes to him describing him as one kind individual who would go out of his way to help others whenever he could.One of the most touching tributes was from Ntv’s Larry Madowo who narrates how he helped him during his amateur reporter days at Ktn Kenya .Here’s the touching tribute:
Let me tell you about the Ahmed Darwesh I knew. Daru, as we all called him was a gentleman in every sense of that word. When I joined KTN in April 2008, he was already at the top of his game and down to earth to a fault. Before I had a car, Daru stayed around after anchoring the 7pm Swahili news until I had finished editing my 9pm business story so he could drop me home. We both lived in South B but dropping me outside my doorstep still took him a little out of his way. Keep in mind that he was a boldface named prime time anchor and I was a struggling business reporter so I would ordinarily not even show in his radar. If he travelled, he would let me use his car and even leave it fuelled. That was always an excuse for me to join him and his lovely family for beautiful meals whenever I was 'passing by.' Even at work, he paid for too many lunches that I can count, usually at a selection of Swahili restaurants with delicious food I couldn't yet afford. This picture was taken at Khan el-Khalili Market in Cairo. He had used his many connections and set up a week-long reporting trip to Egypt including a tour of the pyramids and Alexandria. You can still see him in part 1 of my report here https://youtu.be/Vttz2geLdq0?t=2m33s. He was a big brother to me in this big city, helping me create a career on television. Even after I left KTN and moved away, we remained fast friends and it was always a joy to see him whenever our paths crossed. I used to tease him about his signature line: 'Wakubwa hamjambo, wadogo mmeshindaje. Hii ni KTN Leo chaguo lako, wanakwetu wananiita Ahmed Darwesh' and he would grin indulgently. Daru was a kind, compassionate and funny man who was a gift to broadcast journalism. I am privileged to have known him. Rest In Peace, my friend. Shukran
He was a very jovial person and below are photos of his life and times:
May his Soul Rest in Peace Condolences to family,friends and the Media fraternity at large.