Jeff Koinange finds himself in hot soup after Atwoli Interview

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By Annette Amondi

The Media Council of Kenya has issued a statement warning Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange after he insisted on asking Francis Atwoli aboud his bedroom prowess.

MCK accused Koinange of exhibiting obscene behaviour on his show JKL on Wednesday, August 15, where he hosted Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General.

In a statement addressed to Citizen TV’s editorial director on Thursday, August 16, David Omwoyo the CEO of MCK said the council found him culpable of flouting professional ethics by tolerating obscenity.

“The interview kicked of at 9.49pm where Jeff started by asking Francis Atwoli to clear the air about his marriage with TV anchor. Atwoli confidently admits he is married to Mary Kilobi but the host goes ahead to ask questions touching on private aspects like age difference between the two and Atwoli’s performance in bed,” read part of the statement

Jeff had insisted on certain questions that seemed to adress Atwoli’s bedroom matters outside the watershed hours.

“The questions Lakini bado kazi unafanya, (You still perform well), Katiba bado unasoma (you still read the Constitution) and Kazi unaweza (You can manage the job) are repeated severally in the interview. At one point Atwoli dismisses Koinange reminding him it’s important to be cautious about disclosing private issues for the sake of his children and audience,”  the statement adds


Atwoli then went on to caution the presenter over the matter.

The media council now wants Citizen Tv to send them measures that will be taken to ensure such does not happen again.

“By this letter MCK wishes to inform you that it reserves the rightto take disciplinary action against the host of the programme and the media in view of the above contravened clauses. In the meantime urgently furnish the council with steps taken to avoid such occurrences in future,”

Jeff Koinange breached the breached clause 13 of the code of conduct for the practice of journalism on protection of privacy.