Shock has engulfed the digital farming community in Kenya after one of its members died just hours after saying goodbye online.
Tony Weru was battling COVID-19 at a Nyeri Hospital.
At 5:50pm on March 30, he posted on the ‘Digital Farmers Kenya’ Facebook wall, “Covid is real if I die I don’t know where I contacted it.” He had been taken to hospital at around 10am after developing breathing problems.
A few minutes later on the same day (4:13pm), Weru wrote,”Am leaving you through covid.” He shared a photograph of himself in a facemask, with what appears to be beads of sweat streaming down his face. A few hours later, Weru passed on.
‘Digital Farmers Kenya’ has 433,000 members. It brings together youthful farmers who share tips and contacts on agri-business. In the group, Weru was renowned for his expertise in strawberry farming, and bee keeping.
“Oh, its a pity. …May God the Almighty strengthen and give courage to his family,” wrote Kakoole Jonathan. “Back to us all, Covid19 is real, let us continue protecting ourselves and loved ones.”
Tony hailed from Mweiga in Nyeri County.
Friends and well-wishers have opened an account to support in payment of Weru’s hospital bill and funeral expenses. The Paybill Number is 891300, while the Account Number is 46303.