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Ann Kiguta caught between journalism ethics and political influence

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[Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro (right) and K24 News Anchor Ann Kiguta. Photo/courtesy].

The once top news anchor Ann Kiguta was on Sunday caught between a rock and a hard place after her much hyped interview on the Punchline talk show was cancelled at the last minute.

A remorseful and confused Kiguta openly castigated the K24 TV management over the cancellation of the interview with her host Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, saying the move was beyond her capacity.

Ms Kiguta said though the management had the right to cancel the show, she was also affected as her show aims at giving a platform to all people regardless of their political stand.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologies to our viewers. We had invited Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro to our Punchline show tonight. However the interview has been cancelled by the station’s management,” said an apologetic Kiguta.

She said she was also affected by the move but nothing much she could have done.

Her video that traversed the airwaves like bushfire elicited reactions from the media industry players and politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

Kiharu MP posted on his social media handles

Cancelled. Dynasties cannot stomach the truth, not in their media house. But why invite us (Hustlers) in the 1st place? Anyway, TV ni yao na nchi pia ni yao.

They can now have a monologue on Dynasties, about Dynasties and for Dynasties on how to create more positions through BBI in order to steal from us the little they left out of colonial privilege.

We are African and Africa is our Business.

He said Kiguta should not worry about cancellation of the interview since the owners of K24 controls everything and maybe Kenyans.

The move has escalated into a major debate with the Tangatanga team urging Kenyans in Rift valley and the Mt. Kenya region to boycott all channels and radio stations linked to the Mediamax Network Limited and Brookside milk products associated with the Kenyatta family.

[Anne Kiguta apologising on air. Video courtesy].

They said denying Kenyans platform to debate on various concerns is shameful to the nation.

The Media Council of Kenya is yet to give an opinion on the K24 Punchline show issue.

Kiguta has had a stunning journalism career since she joined the Standard group as KTN prime news Anchor.

She is the pioneer of the Checkpoint show that is currently hosted by the calm and composed Akisa Wandera that airs every Sunday during 9 pm KTN Prime news.

Kiguta also launched the Opinion court talk show that aired every Thursday during citizen live at 9 pm before jumping off the wagon to K24 TV where her colleague Betty Kyallo’s career was tarnished.