Anne Kiguta, a news anchor at Kenya-based Television K24, has been widely praised for speaking up against her employer after an interview on her political talk show, Punchline, was cancelled on Sunday.
Ms Kiguta was supposed to host Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro on Sunday’s episode. She, however, claims that management at Mediamax, the owners of K24, cancelled the interview without consulting her.
“Tonight, I begin with offering you an apology. We on Punchline invited the firing first-time legislator Ndindi Nyoro on the program. The Kiharu legislator, as you well know, is a staunch defender of Deputy President William Ruto, who has cast his aspersions on the BBI process. But that interview has been cancelled,” Ms Kiguta said in a short clip that is circulating on social media.
She added: “As the host of this program, I have a responsibility to you, the viewer, and therefore I must state that this was not my decision and I respectfully disagree with it.”
Ms Kiguta had planned to host Mr Nyoro alongside Ndaragwa MP, Jeremiah Kioni, and constitutional lawyer, James Mamboleo, to discuss the Building Bridges Initiative and Uhuru Kenyatta’s Succession.
The agitated anchor said despite the programme inviting politicians from across the political divides with different political views, the management had intentionally decided to block Nyoro’s interview for reasons best known to them.
— Anne Kiguta (@AnneKiguta) October 18, 2020
“I must also say this is a discussion that is within their right because, as they say in all establishments management reserves the right of admission.”
“And so, my apologies to the viewers of this program. However, I am nothing, if not a boxer, and at least for tonight there is still some fight left in me and so the show must go on,” she said as she continued with the news of the day.
Ndindi Nyoro is a strong defender of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and his 2022 presidential ambitions while K24 is widely seen as being sympathetic to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has since fallen out with Ruto.
The legislator is said to have applauded Ms Kiguta for her honest apology. “Thank you Ann Kiguta for being forthright. I appreciate your honest apology to the viewers. We are African and Africa is our Business.”