Former Citizen TV talkshow host Anne Kiguta will be expected to add more star power to K24's pool of talent.

After a long sabbatical, former Citizen TV news presenter Anne Kiguta is back, this time as K24’s biggest on air talent and will from now on anchor news and conduct interviews on Sundays at 9:00 pm.

The anchor who took to social media to announce her comeback will be the host of a new show called Punchline, a programme cut from the same cloth as Monday Special and Opinion Court which she hosted at Citizen TV.

Kiguta who styles herself as the ‘queen of Kenyan politics’, has been off the screen for a while since leaving Citizen TV in October 2018 leading to widespread speculation about her whereabouts and her next move.

Business Today reported that she had reached an agreement to join K24 but she opted to take an extended break before starting her new role as a Mediamax Limited employee.

By handing Kiguta the prime time slot on Sundays, K24 editors will have to shuffle the pack to accommodate its strong pool of anchors. Her former colleague at Citizen TV Fred Indimuli and Rose Gakuo have been holding brief on Sundays.

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She joins the Eric Njoka, Betty Kyalo, Anjlee Gadhvi among others who also form the creme of the broadcaster’s pool of prime time anchors.

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Kiguta brings to the table her experience in handling high profile interviews and star power which has been lacking to enable K24 compete with traditional powerhouses Citizen TV, KTN and NTV who are all above the former in the pecking order of the most watched TV stations in the country.

She has in the past interviewed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and former National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist David Ndii.

The former KTN anchor has also done a flurry of special reports tailored to strengthen her portfolio as an all rounded journalist.

However her handling of the David Ndii interview was widely criticised with many observing that she was not prepared to handle the respected economist who was a senior advisor of the opposing political formation at the time.

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Conversely, her decision to ditch Citizen TV for K24 was also widely seen as a downward step but she is known to enjoy a strong professional relationship with Mediamax Limited Group Head for TV and Digital Peter Opondo who is said to have promised her lead role in his new team after he also left Citizen TV last year where they worked together.

Before joining Citizen TV, Kiguta worked at KTN where she horned her skills before she was quickly picked up by Citizen TV.

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