Citizen TV news anchor and host Lillian Muli has come under fire from netizens after she asked a rape victim unsettling questions. Ms Muli was interviewing the rape victim, Irene Karimi, who was  abused when 10 thieves broke into her house at night, beat her up, robbed and raped her.

Ms Muli asked Irene whether her manner of dressing or utterances would have motivated them to commit the act, something many viewers found insensitive. The interview was initially meant to address the problem of victim shaming, which rape and defilement survivors often suffer, but the objective went off track, thanks to the host’s line of questioning. The issue has caused a firestorm on social media with many criticising Ms Muli for her insensitivity.

The TV host equally came under criticism when she was interviewing  last year’s top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate Goldalyn Kakuya, an albino and minor, and her parents when she prodded to know if she had a boyfriend. Most netizens called the question unethical apparently after concluding it was directed at her given the discomfort that ensued.

She, however, hit back at her trollers over the KCPE star, saying: “I asked her mother about phones and then asked her if she’s had any issues raising a teenager such as boyfriend drama. Did I at any point direct a boyfriend question to her! Unless you grew up in some hole in a pit latrine most 14 years olds have crushes at this age it’s part of growing up! But then again call me that name you posted to my face and let’s square it out man to woman since you choose to hide behind your private account.”

Here are some of the reactions to the latest saga on rape:

However, Karimi has come out to defend the news anchor, saying she never felt harassed in any way.

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