The Star (Nairobi)

27 September 2013

Kenya: East FM Presenter Ruhila Laid to Rest

FAMILY, friends and workmates of Radio Africa's Ruhila Adatia-Sood paid their last respects to her at Aga Khan Pavilion Complex. Ruhila was buried at Kariokor Shia Imami Ismaili Cemetery.

Radio Africa CEO Patrick Quarcoo said the firm has lost a competent and hardworking employee. "We have lost a great talent. She had great on-air style both at Kiss TV and across all our radio stations," Quarcoo said.

He said Ruhila will be remembered for her good work ethics, sense of homour and friendly nature. "She walked around, sharing chocolate and food as she smiled with everyone. Ruhila was a friend to everyone. She will be highly missed but I am sure her spirit will live on. May her soul rest in eternal peace," Quarcoo said.

Ruhila succumbed to gunshot wounds on September 21 in the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall that left more than 100 people dead and others injured.

East FM, Kenya's most listened to Asian station, was conducting a live broadcast of its first children's cooking competition on the rooftop of the Westgate mall, when the terrorists attacked.

Hindu priest Ram Krishna Sharma said Ruhila's death was terrible. However, he said, she will be remembered for the warmth and love she spread to those she interacted with.

The Star's managing director William Pike, director Sudhir Vidyarthi, US ambassador Robert Godec, and former Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa attended funeral service at the Agakhan Pavilion.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Kisumu Town East MP Shakeel Ahmed Shabbir attended the burial at Kariokor. Sonko and Shakeel condemned the terrorist's acts and called for an overhaul of the National Intelligence Service.

Until her death Ruhila was a presenter at both Kiss TV and East FM. She was wife to Ketan Sood and daughter to Sharmsherali and Gulshan Juma Shivji Adatia. Other families of victims of the attack buried and cremated their loved ones yesterday.

Dalvender Kaur and her nephew Pavraj Singh Pabloo were cremated at the Kariokor Hindu Crematorium as the family contemplated moving out of Kenya. The family that runs Central Plumbers Ltd have been the victims of violent crime three times.

They have gone through a six-hour robbery ordeal at their house, a kidnapping and now the terror attack. Akbar Sidi, who attended the funeral of 18-year-old Rehab Mehboob, also condemned the attack and dismissed reports that Muslims were spared.

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