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After Citizen TV’s disastrous interview with Junet and Ichungw’a, media houses should tame their guests

By David Mwenda

The show was on the war on drugs and the newest development in it — Joho’s statement on his being implicated in the drug scandal.

However, watching this conversation has made me develop a few questions for the media over how they cover this issue.

Is the war in drugs now a determinant in the election?

The media has been running stories of how the government has been pledging to wage a war against drugs. The show guests Kimani Ichung’wa and Junet Mohammed seemmed to have politicised the issue and, well, they were hosted by Hussein Mohammed.

They have made it to officially be all about how the government is not working hard to make end the war on drugs.

The Jubilee side is busy saying they are fighting the war on terror while all they are doing is just making threats about how they will be handling it in the next few years. One thing is for sure: this issue does not seem to be ending and will be used by both sides of the divide to make sure it is carried forward so that it can be used as a talking point in interviews.

Is the media politicizing the war on drugs?

We already know the answer is Yes. The way it has shifted the spotlight from the Akasha brothers to the Deputy President to Joho and finally this interview, the media has created a bloodbath out of this. The media should take the focus to the relevant authorities and not politicians who, it is very clear, are looking for votes. The extent of spinning into this stories we have seen are very interesting and it has now become a witch hunt and not a war on drugs anymore.

Use of the Akasha Brothers as a buzzword by politicians

The Akasha brothers are officially the face of the war on drugs. The media has gone on to make the Akasha brothers a household name. Their extradition has all of a sudden ignited interest in knowing them. They have not only been used by the media but by the government to reaffirm its position on the war on drugs. The Inspector-General has even gone on to address the media on how the police were totally the ones responsible for the idea. Is the media now willing to make them the face of drugs in the country?

Are politicians being given a lot of leeway to air their views?

The interview has now opened my eyes to see that the media is now giving politicians a lot of time that they have even now started abusing the privilege.

The interview was all civil until Junet went ahead to call the regional Commissioner of the Coast a monkey. I was shocked at how he even maintained his stance and did not even bat an eyelid.

This should have thrown Hussein off-balance but instead he just pressed him on to apologise. He instead went on to say those are Junet’s views and not of the station. The use of freedom of expression went too much and I cannot believe that the media would continue with the interview.

Media houses need to control their guests and not give them space and time to insult people who are not there to defend themselves.

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