The Starehe community was thrown into mourning yesterday when the centre's deputy director died after an illness.
Mr Yusuf Mutuku King'ala, the deputy director in charge of academics, succumbed to prostrate cancer at Nairobi Hospital yesterday, four months after the death of the centre's co-founder and director, Dr Geoffrey Griffin.
Mr King'ala, who was 51, is survived by his wife, Delila, and four children. The Starehe old boy will be buried today at the Kariokor Muslim cemetery.
Besides being a Kiswahili teacher, Mr King'ala was the author of numerous books, including Anasa, Nguzo za Kiswahili, Majuto and Likizo. He also wrote many guide books for Kiswahili setbooks.
The acting director of the centre and school, Mr Joseph Gikubu, said Mr King'ala fell sick in January. His condition worsened in August when he was readmitted to hospital.