It is with great sadness that Indymedia Africa announced the death of Stephen Nyash:
I am very sad to inform you that last night, our friend, comrade and colleague Stephen Nyash was shot dead in Korogocho where he lived and worked for most of his life. Nyash was one of those who represented Kenya Indymedia in Senegal last year. He was one of the founders of Koch FM and we have been working very closely with him, with the latest activity being the Conference of People that was held in Korogocho in December. It is still unclear who did this but we will inform you more when more details emerge. The struggle continues,
Stephen Nyash took part in the Indymedia Convergence that was held in Dakar, Senagal during the World Social Forum in 2010. That conversgence was sponsored by Deep Dish TV and Global Indymedia. Stephen's contribution to the convergence was very important as his first hand experiences with Koch FM were useful in the discussions about building community radios in Africa. After workshops in Dakar, a group of Indymedia activists traveled to Mali tolaunch a station there.
Who we are?
Koch Fm is the first ghetto community radio in Kenya. It was started in 2006 by a group of 10 youths in Korogocho slums. Our motto is: Edutainment - Educating through entertainment!
The radio is situated in Korogocho slums which is the third largest slum after Kibera and Mathare.
The radio was started in order to provides a platform for Korogocho people to address their issues through information sharing, education and communication to promote social, political and economic well-being of its listeners. The radio's aim is to give a voice to the voice-less by mobilizing, lobbying and advocating for human rights issues using different radio programmes. Koch FM highlights issues like gender empowerment, HIV and aids, insecurities, poor governance, poor sanitation, children's rights and youth & talent.
Dear Comrade John; Koch FM colleagues, IMC Kenya & IMC Africa and all the beloved of our dear brother Nyash.
I would like to convey our message of condolences for these very sad news on behalf of the wider IMC network in Azania.
A lion has fallen, the son of the soil has passed, may those that he has left behind gain solace and strength from the shining example he has set and may his spirit live forever in all our works.
May our comrades in Nairobi keep us informed on the burial arrangements as i am currently in Nairobi and would like to pay our sincere respects to one of our own. Let us know also if there is something we can do in these very difficult times.
Much respek & love.
Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu