Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Veteran broadcaster: Leonard Mambo Mbotela

Born in Frere town in Mombasa, he has been in the media scene for more than 40 years. He served as a broadcaster of KBC radio (Idhaa ya Taifa) and had a long running show, Je huu ni Ungwana which was first aired in 1966. The show had its core focus on common courtesy and ethics among Kenyans and ensured everyone remained glued to the TV screen.
Mbotela also had a striking eloquence in Kiswahili and emphasized on protection of the language from being corrupted. 
one of his shows
He is also remembered in the event of the foiled military coup against Moi’s government, where he was forced into announcing its success on the morning of August 1, 1982.  
 His glamour continued as a football commentator with much memories of his description of Joe Kadenge’s soccer prowess. Here is one of his many commentaries that are still revered.
‘Kadenge na mpira, kadenge na mpira, anachenga mbili, anakuja katikati, anaenda upande huu, anamvisha kanzu …katikati ya miguu ya golikipa James Siangi’a umeiingia ndani na kupasua wavu… wasikilizaji, mashabiki, ni …. Goooooooallll!!  Tatu bila!!’

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