By Opio Jackson (Guest)
Death has robbed again South Sudan media industry of another beautiful life. The life of every journalist matters, including those murdered for their work and those who died in a different cause. Losing the life of one journalist affects all who practice, teach and learn the profession.
The journalists in the country have learned with both shock and great sadness of the untimely death of one of their famous and recognizable journalist Kizito Oketa Modest. It is unbelievable that the beacon of peace journalism has gone so soon.
Media trainer the late Kizito Oketa Modest has been training journalists on Conflict Resolutions and Peace Building across the country through outreach progarmme which had positive impact on conflict sensitive-reporting
As a person who had worked with him in the same field, I had known the late Kizito as a man of talent and commitment whom I had wished to learn more from him as his junior in the profession.
Not so long, it is only 50 days when the country had just lost a veteran journalist Alfred Taban. As the media industry was trying to console itself following the demise of Alfred, surprisingly sad news about the death of journalist Kizito Oketa Modest have again socked the country and media fraternity in particular.
While no human being can avoid God’s plan for each one of us, it is so sad to lose a recognizable person like Kizito whose contribution was highly needed in the development of a free and democratic society. Being one of the first batches of South Sudanese journalists who started to work in the then Southern Sudan in 2007, him and the group had inspired many of us to join journalism.
The late Kizito as Peace building specialist was always ready to share his practical experiences in conflict Resolutions and Peace Building with whoever sought for his knowledge and I must admit that I was one of the beneficiaries.
Whenever he lectured on conflict resolutions and peace building, late Kizito had always reminded audience (journalists) of fair reporting so as not to harm any side of the party in the conflict.
Death is evil; it has unkindly stolen a beautiful life from us. The late Kizito was not only known for being a journalist, but he was also a man of peace who loves everybody.
I send my deepest sympathies to his family and friends and to all those who knew him and worked with him.