Kenyan Journalists Criticize Citizen TV For Hosting Unqualified Panelist

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Day Break on Citizen TV

A section of top Kenyan journalists has taken a swipe at Citizen TV over calling an unqualified panellist during their daybreak show on Tuesday, March 17.

Taking to social media, the journalists called out the media house for request Zachary Kinuthia a Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education to give his opinion on the coronavirus.


The journalists were unhappy in a series of tweets requesting that the media house allow medics to provide guidance rather giving people with fancy suits to come on television.

Assuming many Kenyans are now working at the comfort of their houses, it would be wrong for the media houses to just air things for the sake because the audience who are the receivers of this information is bigger than before.

One @James Smart pointed out that it was now time to get rid of those empty suits on television as the coronavirus issue was cannot be compared with a political contest.


Another user @davemutegi joined in saying “Empty Suits” should quarantine themselves at home and leave medics to give directions on how to manage this menace.

Other Kenyans joined in the conversation stating that the media needs to allow professionals to handle the coronavirus issue. Not everyone who has an opinion needs to be granted access.

This move, however, was misunderstood as Kinuthia had been addressing how schools have started sending learners home after government’s directive and a question was redirected to him about the virus, forcing him to give his opinion.

Kenyans on twitter quickly rushed to give their two cents on the matter and here are some reactions:

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