Veteran radio presenter Leonard Mambo Mbotela has appealed to Kenyans of goodwill to help him offset a hospital bill of Sh1 million.
The presenter has been undergoing treatment at the Nairobi South Hospital.
According to hospital records, Mbotala has been at the facility since October 29, 2020.
The hospital's Human Resource Manager Stephen Mutavi in a letter stated that the presenter will be discharged on Friday, November 13.
“He is due for discharge Friday, November 13, 2020, as per the doctor’s recommendations to continue with home care 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,” said Mutavi.
By press time, it was not yet clear what Mbotela is suffering from.
The veteran presenter has been in the media industry for over four decades, and he was popularly known for the ‘Je Huu Ni Ungwana Show.’
The show was meant to call out bad behavior within society. The show was first aired in 1966.
Mambo has been part of Kenya’s post-independent history as a continuity announcer at KBC and football commentator.
But what makes him more prominent is that he was in the studio when the 1982 coup plotters stormed KBC studios and made him announce a takeover of the government, which was foiled a few hours later.
In 2017, Mbotela fell victim to online fake news, where bloggers alleged that he had died.
The fake news originated on Twitter from an individual named Njoki Kelvin (Ngangatheblogger).
The blogger allegedly mistook a politician who had died in a road accident with Mambo Mbotela.