On Friday, November 1, Citizen TV announced that from Tuesday, 5th November, Waihiga Mwaura will become the new face of Newsnight, a highly rated news programme. Hussein Mohamed, who hosted the programme since the middle of last year after the station rebranded, did his last show on 29th October.
Waihiga had spent most of his early career in sports journalism until April 2017 during the party nominations for the General Election, he was assigned to cover in Kitui County. His mastery of political detail soon caught the attention of his editors, who promoted him to the news desk and 1pm bulletin host.
His star kept rising and a few months later, he was introduced to the ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Friday Night’ news programmes. At the close of 2018, Waihaga became the first Kenyan to win ‘2018 BBC News Komla Dumor Award’, and with it, a three-month training stint in London.
Both Hussein and Waihiga began their careers in sports at Citizen TV, coached by Mike Okinyi, the station’s longest sports editor.
They later hosted breakfast shows, with Hussein in charge of ‘PowerBreakfast’ and Waihiga, when it is as ‘Daybreak.’
When Lit Kenya contacted Waihiga for comment on his new role and what Kenyans should expect, he was noncommittal, though he sounded upbeat, apparently preferring to wait for the cue from his bosses on the new development.