Royal Media Services proprietor S.K Macharia has ordered journalists in his media empire not to host Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in their shows.
Macharia was forced to order the premature closing of the Citizen TV Journalist Jeff Koinange show, JK Live Show on Tuesday night after Sonko accused Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho of using Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris to bring him down.
Sonko further alleged that Kibicho was part of a cartel, with blessings of State House, which was fighting him.
He named others fighting him as Jubilee nominated MP Maina Kamanda and former Kenya National Congress Party presidential candidate and 2017 city gubernatorial candidate, Peter Kenneth.
SK Macharia, Kamanda and Kenneth hail from Murang’a County.
According to insiders, Kibicho, who hails from Kirinyaga County and is a close friend of SK Macharia’s wife, Purity Gathoni, who also hails from the region, had a hand in the premature ending of the interview. Gathoni is the one who runs the day to day affairs at Royal Media Services.
Last year, Citizen TV anchor Swaleh Salim was sacked after he found himself a victim of the war pitying Sonko and Kibicho.
Salim was used by Sonko to fix Kibicho by recording the PS saying negative things about the embattled governor.
As vice-chair of RMS, Mrs Macharia oversees the day-today-running of Kenya’s biggest broadcasting house and plays an instrumental role in hiring and firing
While terminating the show, Jeff said it could not continue due to editorial and quality control policies.
See you next week!’ These were the last words he said as he terminated the show.
In 2016, Jeff Koinange was fired from KTN after the then Nairobi gubernatorial aspirants Miguna Miguna and Passaris went overboard, with Miguna at some point telling Passaris “Esther, you are so beautiful, everyone wants to rape you”.
Jeff was under fire from social media users who accused him of “doing nothing” and allowing Miguna to disparage Passaris live on air.