Twitter has suspended blogger Cyprian Nyakundi’s twitter account for violating its rules. It is alleged that Nyakundi’s account was suspended after posting a nude photo of Radio Africa Managing Director Martin Khafafa photo alongside two unknown ladies in a bathroom.
It is understood that Khafafa reported the account to the support team who acted immediately. However, netizens have expressed their concern on why the blogger is continuously gagged by all means. Using the hashtag #BringBackNyakundi, most Twitter users are against the action and want his account reinstated.
In the past months, Nyakundi has been a frequent visitor to the director of criminal investigations offices (DCI) for “attacking” some leaders using his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru and his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko were among the leaders who reported their complaints to DCI.
He was also arraigned in court for exposing how the National Intelligence Service (NIS) allegedly taps voice calls. The prosecution said this amounted to hate speech.
Nyakundi alias the boy child president lost a significant number of followers following a Twitter purge alongside other Twitter bigwigs like President Uhuru Kenyatta and former US president Barrack Obama.
For now, his account remains suspended with no communication from the support team.
Malicious Keyboard Warriors Put Journalist Mosoku Under Twitter fire
In yet another incident of threats to media freedom, journalist Geoffrey Mosoku was on the receiving end Wednesday morning over his stories in two local dailies.
The political journalist now writes for the People Daily, a publication owned by Media Max Networks. In 2019, Mosoku was fired from the Standard newspaper following a story he published touching on former premier Raila Odinga’s car.
His story alleged that the ODM leader’s Range Rover had been seized by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over tax evasion.
A sneak preview of the online attacks under the hashtag #ShameOnYouPeopleDaily shows Mosoku’s pictures and snapshots of stories done by him; including those, he wrote while still at the Standard newspaper.
Whereas the hashtag is angled to punch the People Daily, one of the top headlines being pushed by owners of the thread is that of the standard, headlined: ‘Obado: How my wife busted me with Sharon’. Another one, still by the Standard, was titled: ‘PS disowns Ruto’s launch of Sh5b dam’.
Governor Obado, who is in one of the trending past headlines has in the past vowed to work with DP Ruto, politically.
The tweets under this hashtag claim that journalists in the country, chief among them Geoffrey Mosoku, are being bribed to blackmail people.
Until the publication of this story, Mosoku had not responded to the attacks.
On the morning of the attack, the journalist’s story in the People Daily was a page 8 story titled, ‘Former police boss caught up in Sh2.8 billion land dispute.’
The court report touched on the National Co-operative Housing Union (NACHU) director and former police commissioner Bernard Njiinu in relation to a fraudulent acquisition of prime land in Kiambu county.
Lately, there have been increased attacks (both physical and online) on journalists in different parts of the county.
The recent case was a reported threat by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to Sulwe FM’s reporter Jimmy Simiyu.
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) condemned the attacks asking the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to intervene by ensuring that the matter is expeditiously investigated and the culprits dealt with.
EX Milele FM Boss Joins Rival Station
Titi Nagwala, formerly of Milele FM, publicized Tuesday that he is joining the Standard Group’s Radio Maisha.
This, he did on Instagram when he posted details of his Press Card indicating that he belongs to the SG.
Earlier on, a mole hinted to the 47 Reporters that he would be joining Radio Maisha or Radio Jambo.
The 47 Reporters can verify that the self-proclaimed Mfalme wa Rumba is likely going to replace Nick Odhiambo on Maisha’s Rumba program, which runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Arguably, Odhiambo is a lesser Rumba program maestro when compared to Nagwala, considering that he joined Maisha from Classic 105 – an English broadcasting station, whereas the latter has been on the decks for a very long time.
In 2020, Media Max Network, which houses Milele Fm, terminated contracts with over 40 journalists. Titi was among the casualties.
Unknown to many, Nagwala is an engineer by profession who chose to pursue journalism as a passion.
Previously he has worked with Radio Citizen and Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation(KBC).
Milele FM Reshuffles Presenters
Listeners of Milele Fm are confused lately after the station’s management switched key show hosts.
According to the Kijabe Street-based media station, the changes aim at keeping the business afloat, the huge talents at stake notwithstanding.
“There was no chemistry between MCA Tricky and Alex Mwakideu,” an inside-source confided in The 47 Reporters.
The morning program that was hosted by Alex Mwakideu and comedian MCA Tricky was reorganized, with Jacquey Nyaminde alias Wilbroda stepping in. Alex now hosts the Milele Asubuhi show with Wilboroda. Before joining Milele FM, Wilboroda hosted Jambo Kenya, a breakfast show at rival Radio Citizen with Francis Luchivya and Inspecta Mwala.
Mercy Mbone’s mid-morning show remains intact. MCA Tricky, who had earlier on been poached from Radio Maisha, now co-hosts with Chris Da Bass.
But what has surprised media analysts is the decision to combine Diana Tangut famously known as Dee Presenter 001 with comedian Otoyo and Swahili’s finest Ankali Ray. Their program runs from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Milele FM’s Drive show, previously hosted by Dee and Otoyo has been reshuffled; with Chris Da Bas and Comedian Tricky taking over.
Francis Luchivya has been left lonely at the evening program that runs to midnight. Perhaps this is to replicate what happens with Radio Citizen’s Good Evening Kenya program, where Kamau Wamunywa alias Jina Kubwa has been, for a decade now, hosting the program alone.
It is not the first time Milele FM is making changes to its programs. In 2019, the entry of Joyce Geturo, Alex Mwakideu, Francis Luchivya, and comedians Wilboroda and Jalang’o forced the management to make changes with the big talents at hand.
Luchivya and Nyaminde, who started hosting the Drive show, were pushed to the late-night program as presenter Dee 001 took over.
An altercation at the Media Max-owned station in the same year is reported to have forced Titi Nagwala, now out, to go off air for a while as Dee stepped in for his Rumba Oxygen program.
Titi later came back, but his stay at the DSM Place was short-lived after the management of Media Max decided to terminate contracts of more than 50 journalists. Titi and Jalang’o were among the casualties. The Rumba Oxygen Program was taken off air as Luchivya and Wilbroda program replaced it.
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