– Leonard Mambo Mbotela was admitted at Nairobi South Hospital on Thursday, October 29, after falling sick
– The hospital noted the 80-year-old journalist was recuperating well was due for discharge on Friday, November 13
– He became a household name through his popular programme “Je, Huu Ni Uungwana?” and many others that were aired on KBC
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Veteran radio presenter Leonard Mambo Mbotela is appealing for financial aid to settle a medical bill of KSh 1.1 million accrued upon admission at Nairobi South Hospital.
Mbotela was admitted at the health facility on Thursday, October 29, and has been receiving treatment since then.
In a letter dated Thursday, November 12, the hospital noted the 80-year-old journalist was recuperating well and was due for discharge on Friday, November 13.
The facility’s Human Resource Manager Stephen Mutavi, however, appealed to the public to help the patient in offsetting the bill.
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“He (Mbotela) is due for discharge Friday November 13, 2020 as per the doctor’s recommendations to continue with homecare treatment.
The medical bills have accumulated to KSh 1, 105, 498.78 as of today and have to be cleared upon discharge. Any assistance given towards offsetting this bill will be highly appreciated,” stated Mutavi in the letter.
In 2017, rumours about Mbotela’s death were rife. TUKO.co.ke, however, learnt the information was misleading and unfounded.
A popular blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, had alleged the veteran had been involved in a grisly road accident.
To clear the air, Mbotela denied the rumours in a statement to the media. He stated he was alive and called on Kenyans to ignore the unfortunate reports about him.
Mbotela has been on the airwaves for close to 60 years, having started his professional career in 1964 at Voice of Kenya, currently Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
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He became a household name through his popular programme “Je, Huu Ni Uungwana?” and many others that were aired on KBC.
He was in the studio during the attempted 1982 coup and was forced at gunpoint to announce that Moi’s government had been overthrown.
When calm was restored, the veteran journalist was ordered to make another announcement clarifying that everything was in order.
This was one of the most terrifying moments in his career and he lived to tell the story.
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