The late Journalist Rita Tinina Yiapan’s final journey started on Wednesday minutes past 7 am at the Umash funeral home ahead of her burial ceremony at Olokirikirai in Narok county.

Friends and family arrived at the burial grounds at noon with Dann Mwangi a news anchor form Nation Media Group taking over the programme to lay Rita to rest.
Rita’s former classmates from Masaai Girls’s, class of 1995, in their tribute described her as joyous and loving person adding that her demise left a big hole in their hearts.
“Girl every time you appeared on our screens, pride filled us as you ably represented the Maasai Girl’s community. Every time we saw you on stage we felt
 represented. A heroine has indeed fallen. You’ve ran your race, you’ve finished your race, there’s definitely a crown laid for you.” Maasai Girl’s representative in
 her burial said.
They also extended their condolences to her daughter Malkia, partner Robert Nagila and family.

NTV journalist and the chairman of Tinina’s burial committee Duncan Khaemba thanked friend’s and family on their generous contributions to help foot bills.

Rita’s body was ferried to her home in a hired Range Rover as promised by her friends.

People present at her burial are media personalities from various media stations.

Among them were Linus Kaikai, Samuel Maina, Stephen Letoo, Ken Mijungu, Victoria Rubadiri, Nimrod Tabu among others.

Zubeida Kananu the President of the Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) while eulogizing her asked the mourners to emulate the character of Rita who she says was not a prideful person and was loving in general.

Zubeida also offered her condolences to her daughter, friends and family on behalf of other journalists.

“Mia we love you. Mungu atakupa nguvu na tutaendelea kukushika mkono. Kwa niaba ya wahariri wote, tunatoa pole zetu. Mungu atupe nguvu na ailaze roho yake pahali pema palipo na wema”

The mother of one was found in her Kileleshwa home on Sunday March 17.

She left behind her 8 year old daughter Malkiah and partner Robert Nagila.




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