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Philip Ochieng, veteran editor and Sunday Nation columnist dies

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Philip Ochieng, a veteran editor, and columnist for Sunday Nation newspaper is dead.

Ochieng died after battling pneumonia.

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Various Kenyan leaders have taken to social media to mourn the veteran journalist.

Deputy President William Ruto has described Ochieng as a consummate, no-nonsense, and committed journalist whose depth of knowledge and understanding of issues was exceptional.

The late Philip Ochieng.

Ruto noted that the country would miss his illuminating columns.

“Philip Ochieng’ was a consummate, no-nonsense, and committed journalist whose depth of knowledge and understanding of issues was exceptional. He was a stickler for grammatical accuracy and used his platforms to break down the English language and teach us new things — even those we figured we knew. Ochieng’, a widely read hero, was simply in his own class; a man of varied intellectual pursuits. We will miss his illuminating columns. May his rich legacy endure forever.
Our love and prayers to the Ochieng family, their loved ones, and the media fraternity. Rest In Peace.” Tweeted Ruto.

Former Prime Minister and ODM party boss Raila Odinga described the late Philip as a legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language.

“Kenya has lost in the passing of Philip Ochieng, a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language. Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the society into action.” Tweeted Odinga.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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