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Ayub Abdikadir: Citizen TV Raids K24, Picks Off Reporter Who Outshined Its Journalist During Chebukati Interview

by Robert Mwangi
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Citizen TV has revamped its newsroom by adding four other talents poached from rival stations.

Among the new hires is fast-rising journalist Ayub Abdikadir. He vacated K24 TV to join the leading broadcaster in the country.

Ayub won the hearts of Kenyans weeks ago during a joint media interview featuring Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Chief Executive Officer Hussein Marjan.

His great interviewing skills earned him praises among Kenyans and even fellow scribes after pressing Chebukati and Marjan to explain why a company that has been accused of bungling elections in several countries, including Uganda, the US and the Philippines won the tender to print and supply elections materials.

The questions caught the IEBC bosses off guard and both were at pains to defend the Greek firm, Inform Lykos.

It was clear he did his research well and many Kenyans compared him to former Citizen TV senior news anchor Hussein Mohammed, who is now working for Deputy President William Ruto as his presidential campaigns’ communication director.

Others who have joined Citizen are Wilkister Nyabwa, Serfine Achieng, and Mary Muoki.

Nyabwa has been working with China-owned CGTN after leaving Citizen TV in 2018 while Achieng was picked off from the national broadcaster, KBC.

Muoki had a stint at the now defunct Metropol TV.

The new team members have already taken their positions at the Kilimani-based station, save for Nyabwa whose transition may take weeks.

Citizen TV has also suffered defections in recent months.
Between October last year and July 2022, the station lost Elphas Lagat, Dorcas Wangira, Raquel Muigai, and Bernard Ndong.

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