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The high political tensions in the country played out in the mainstream media on Tuesday morning, when an opposition politician walked out during a live studio interview with a rival legislator.

Despite continuous persuasion by NTV anchor Ken Mijungu to stay on during the heated ‘AM Live’ morning political show, Rarieda legislator Otiende Amollo walked out some 45 minutes after the show started at about 7am, moments after Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa walked in, Daily Nation reports.

Mr Otiende said he could not share a panel with Mr Ichung’wa over a tweet he claimed was posted by the Kikuyu MP

“Ken allow me to leave. I cannot sit on a panel with Kimani Ichung’wa because he sent a tweet that I find offensive, a tweet that suggests its okay to maim and kill Luos,” Mr Amollo said as he unplugged the microphone pinned on his chest.

Mr Amollo was referring to a tweet that went viral on Monday, apparently suggested Ichung’wa applauding the police killings in the ongoing opposition demonstrations.

Pinned to apologise by Mijungu, Ichung’wa however distanced himself from the tweet.

“That’s not my Twitter account,” Mr Ichung’wa said.

“I only have one Twitter account. I am in the process of having it verified. I even suspect these fake accounts are being created and operated by Nasa propagandists.”

“To the Luo nation, if there is someone you will never find fuelling ethnic hate, it’s Kimani Ichung’wa. Most of my friends are Luos and Somalis.”

Despite this explanation, Mr Amollo still made good his threat and walked out of the show, which also had Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi in attendance.

Incidentally, Miguna Miguna who was expected to be a panellist on the very show, failed to turn up.

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Kenyan journalist wins award for RVR graft expose

Patrick Mayoyo detailed how part of Ksh 17 billion loan meant to improve the consortium’s services by buying new locomotives was used on purchasing used ones that were later expensively modified



Kenya investigative journalist Patrick Mayoyo has bagged another award for his expose on how World Bank loans to Rift Valley Railways were stolen by a rail company in Kenya and Uganda.

The story, titled the Lunatic Express Files, was among stories that won accolades during the Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism awards.

In the story, Mayoyo, a former deputy news editor with the Daily Nation, detailed how part of Ksh 17 billion (US$164 million) loans meant to improve RVR’s services by buying new locomotives was used on purchasing used ones that were modified at a cost of six times their value.

The story that won the merit award, revealed how development finance institutions supported companies using the world’s most secretive financial centres commonly known as tax havens and did not have proper mechanism in place to monitor loans they advanced to developing countries.

Mayoyo, now the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Reporter, also revealed that developing countries lose billions of dollars every year through tax avoidance and evasion.

The Nobert Zongo Investigative Journalism Prize is an award of excellence to reward the best works of Investigative journalism in Africa.

The prize aims to promote a journalism of investigation and research, on subjects related to political, economic, social and cultural life.

The award is named after Nobert Zongo who was the editor of the weekly newspaper L’Ind’ependant in Burkina Faso who dedicated his professional career to uncovering the truth.

He was assassinated in 1998, at the age of 49, while investigating allegations linking the brother of then Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaor’e, to a high-profile unresolved murder.

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The story revealed that most DFIs including the World Bank continue to face major challenges in measuring their overall development impact, and ensuring that the projects they fund do not harm communities in developing countries.

Following the revelations, the World Bank slapped sanctions against RVR and the Kenyan government has since cancelled the 25-year-old concession contract it had signed with RVR.

The original version of this story appeared in the Daily Reporter. 

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Popular TV girl, Amina Abdi, quits K24. Where next?

There are reports she is set to replace NTV’s Larry Madowo on The Trend show. Madowo recently shifted to the new Sidebar current affairs programme



Former K24 Alfajiri host Amina Abdi Rabar. There is speculation she may replace Larry Madowo on NTV's The Trend after the latter recently shifted to hosting Sidebar current affairs show

Speculation is rife as to where popular TV girl, Amina Abdi Rabar, is headed to after announcing she was quitting K24 last Friday.

Some think, the former Alfajiri show host, is set to replace NTV’s Larry Madowo on The Trend show. Madowo recently shifted to the new Sidebar current affairs programme.

The Capital FM radio presenter had been hosting the popular morning show for two years before she called it quits.

‘’It’s been a good run @k24tv thanks to my wonderful bosses! I have been with K24 Alfajiri for the last two years and it’s been amazing, check out my page for more information on where I’m headed next!’’ Amina, who is also a presented with Capital FM, posted on social media.

It also recently emerged she would be leaving popular radio show, Hits not Homework, becuase she reveals she has outgrown it.

Apart from radio and TV, Amina is also a singer, MC and an actor.

She is married to Homeboyz CEO DJ John Rabar and they are blessed with one son.

She is engaged in two personal campaigns, Operation Santa – An intiative Amina started so as to feed street families. Whereby together with her fans (Amina Army) they go to different locations and feed street families and Brunch With Amina – This is a youth empowerment programme whereby Amina has an intimate chat with ladies over the different fields in which she’s had a chance to work in.

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There is also Dare to Believe with Amina, a flagship initiative that focuses on encouraging young men and women especially those who are still in school, to dare to believe that they can be anything they set their mind to regardless of the challenges that they face.

The initiative also seeks to inspire them to be successful and work even harder just like she has over the years to make a name for herself in the media industry.

Amina is also the brand ambassador for Daisy girl. It is a reusable sanitary towel company founded for the sole reason of donation to disadvantaged girls.

We can only wish her the very best in her future endeavours.

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Standard employees told to go on annual leave

In a memo to staff, Group Head of Human Resources Nicholas Siwatom expresses concern that leave ourstanding has been accumulating forcing the company to carry a heavy burdern



Standard Group headquarters along Mombasa Road in Nairobi. The media house operates KTN and KTN News television channels, Radio Maisha as well as The Standard and Nairobian newspapers.

The Standard Group has asked all its permanent employees to reduce their pending leave days as the media house embarks on austeriry measures in the wake of an anticipated drop in 2017 profits by 25%.

In a memo to staff, Group Head of Human Resources Nicholas Siwatom expresses concern that leave ourstanding has been accumulating forcing the company to carry a heavy burdern and urged them to proceed on their leave as the year comes to close, noting that it is important and healthy for employees to take time off from work.

“It has been noted that leave outstanding is accumulating and the company is carrying a heavy leave burden. It is important and healthy to take time off from work to take your leave and we approach the end of the year you are advised to plan with your manager/ supervisor your leave to ensure that you clear your pending leave or carry forward at least 5 days,” Mr Siwatom says.

It is not clear when employess at the Standard Group are reluctant to take their outstanding leaves but there have been reports that the company is planning to shed off more employees to reduce its wage bill in the face of dwindling fortunes.

However, the situation is not unique to the Standard Group. Across the media world, most employees re often reluctant to take leave to protect their interests and justify their relevance in the newsroom with the main culprits being editors and senior reporters.

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This, in most cases, forces employers to buy leave days at premium rate when journalists are laid off or change jobs, which has served to encourage them not take a break.

But, at the same time, restructuring process in most media houses in recent years have seen them operate at the bare minimum in terms of personell, making them unable to accomidate annual leave for its dependable journalists, a situation that was compounded by this year’s prolonged elections process.

However, as a sign that things are not rosy at the Mombasa Road-based Standard Group, the media house recently restricted access to non-core online platforms such as Whasapp.


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UK magazine sorry for editing Lupita Nyong’o’s hair

Oscar award winning actress hit out at Grazia after it “edited out and smoothed” her hair to fit what she says is a Eurocentric view of beauty



Oscar award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Ny’ongo has tweeted that UK magazine Grazia has “edited out and smoothed” her hair to fit what she says is a Eurocentric view of beauty.

She shared the November cover of the magazine alongside the original pictures in which she has longer hair.

Nyong’o also used the hashtag #dtmh (don’t touch my hair), which is a title of a song by Solange about people respecting black hair.

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

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The artist was also involved in a similar row with another UK magazine, Evening Standard, recently when it edited her cover photo.

The magazine has since apologised.

dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine

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Solange had spent a lot of the article talking about her architectural braids.

Additional reporting by BBC.

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