Veteran Kenyan media personality Leonard Mambo Mbotela has sent an appeal to well-wishers to help him offset a hospital bill amounting to over Sh1 million.
Mbotela was admitted to the Nairobi South Hospital on October 29th and is set to be discharged on Friday, according to the hospital’s Human Resource Manager Stephen Mutavi.
In a letter, Mutavi said the former radio and TV presenter’s medical bill has accumulated to Sh1.1 million.
“He is due for discharge Friday, November 13, 2020, as per the doctor’s recommendations to continue with homecare treatment,” said Mutavi in a letter dated November 12th.
“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.”
Mbotela, 80, worked for State-owned broadcaster, KBC for about four decades and was famed for his “Jee hu ni ungwana” program.
He was on duty when the plotters of the 1982 attempted coup stormed Voice of Kenya (VoK), now KBC, studios, and forced him to announce that the military had overthrown President Daniel Arap Moi’s government. The attempted takeover was foiled a few hours later.
Mbotela was also part of the Presidential Press Service (PPS) under the late President Moi’s administration.