Journalists are expected to be impartial when reporting or tackling issues. But sometimes, bias creeps into their work.
Many broadcasters working for the vernacular stations often find themselves in this hitch.
On Tuesday morning, 8th June, Kameme FM hosted Kariri Njama, the Jubilee Party candidate for the Kiambaa parliamentary by-election.
After he explained his manifesto to the listeners, the host, Gatonye Wa Mbugua, asked listeners to call in and explain whether they were content with Njama’s candidature.
The session was smooth until one Ben Githu gave his opinion.
Githu, who said that he comes from Kiambaa, said the Jubilee flag bearer is unpopular.
“Tell him that he is wasting time. Here, we are behind Njuguna Wanjiku, who Deputy President William Ruto has given us,” he said.
Immediately after the remarks, Mbugua disconnected the call and said there were network problems.
“We can’t hear you, just make another another call,” he said.
But from the journalist and Njama’s facial expressions and sarcastic laughter, you could clearly tell they heard what the listener had said. The session was live on Facebook.
Some listeners called out the presenter over open bias.
They alleged that he has been unfair to DP Ruto and his brigade in recent months.
Mbugua was also accused of failing to read messages from people who criticise President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kameme FM is owned by the President’s family.