Mediamax Network Limited staff are mourning the sudden death of K24 head of television news directors, Daniel Chemjor.
Chemjor’s car plunged into the Cheploch Gorge at the Kerio Valley Bridge on the Kabarnet-Eldoret highway, his brother Victor said.
Police retrieved his body and vehicle from the over 100-metre deep gorge — that is famous for its daredevil divers — on Thursday at about 11:50 am.
The family spokesperson, Joseph Kiptegen, said the father of five was alone in the car at the time of accident.
Chemjor had taken paternity leave to be with his family after his wife delivered a son a few weeks ago.
Mediamax acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ken Ngaruiya said he was saddened to learn of Chemjor’s death.
“I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the family, colleagues and friends on behalf of the senior management here at Mediamax. Chemjor was highly respected by managers and employees alike throughout the entire company. He was regarded as a dedicated worker by everyone who worked with him,” said CEO Ngaruiya.
Mr Ngaruiya condoled with his family, noting Chemjor’s seven years of dedicated and selfless service to the company.
“Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. I am well aware of the difference he made in the lives of many people, in the company and his private life. Many will miss him,” said Mr Ngaruiya.
Mediamax Head of TV and Digital, Peter Opondo, said Chemjor was an affable and humble man who was dedicated to his work.
“I have known Chemjor since way back in 2004 when we worked together at KTN. By then he used to produce a business show. I have watched him grow and progress over the years to his latest role where he was the head of news directors at Mediamax, and specifically K24. He was such a humble, affable and dedicated team member whose contribution shall be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his young family, especially his widow who gave birth to their last born child just a few weeks ago,” said Mr Opondo.
Another colleague, Isabella Kituri, said Chemjor was an easy-going person who had a ready smile and a joke to lighten up tense moments in the news gallery.
“Daniel Chemjor, the ever-smiling man from Kiboin always had a joke, was friend to all, and a passionate news director. We will miss you in the news gallery. From college in Kenya Institute of Mass Communication to KTN where you worked on Business Weekly to the news desk and off we moved to K24 TV. It has been a ” tortoise” journey as you jovially called it, now you rest. So sad for your newborn, wife and children. May God comfort them,” Ms Kituri said.
Ms Kituri said Chemjor loved his family and always talked about his children.