8 Kenyan Journalists From Powerful Political Families

  • A photo collage of Citizen TV journalists Jeff Koinange, Mukami Wambora and Bernard Ndong.
    A photo collage of Citizen TV journalists Jeff Koinange, Mukami Wambora and Bernard Ndong.
  • There are a number of Kenyan journalists who hail from families that held and continue to hold significant roles in the political arena.

    However, their connection with these families, some powerful, remains unknown to many Kenyans.

    Jeff Koinange 

    The award-winning journalist is a prime time news anchor at Citizen TV where he also hosts his own show dubbed Jeff Koinange Live (JKL).

    Jeff, who served as the Africa correspondent for CNN and CNN International from 2001 to 2007, also hosts the breakfast show on Hot 96, alongside Nick Odhiambo.

    He is the son of the late Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange, son of Senior Chief Koinange Wa Mbiyu, and among the first Kenyans of African descent to own a petrol station.

    The media personality's grandfather was an administrator in the colonial government.

    Jeff's relatives have been a critical part of Kenya's history, occupying positions of power in government and playing key roles in the political field.

    Some of them are; Mbiyu Koinange (Jeff's uncle) who was Jomo Kenyatta’s brother-in-law and confidant. Lilian Wairimu Koinange (Jeff's aunt) is the mother of Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki.

    Other Koinanges who have made a mark in the political field are; Charles Karuga Koinange (Chief of Kiambaa in 1951 and later PC in Central and Eastern provinces), John Karuga Koinange (Senator of Kiambaa from 1963 to 1966 in the first bicameral National Assembly) and the late MP for Kiambaa Constituency Paul Koinange.

    Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange in New York City on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
    Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange in New York City on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
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    Jeff Koinange

    Bernard Ndong

    He is a sports anchor and reporter at Citizen TV. 

    In 1990, Bernard's father, Raymond Oloo Ndong, became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rangwe Constituency in Homa Bay.

    The senior Ndong' was also a former assistant Trade Minister in the late President Daniel Arap Moi’s government.

    Sports anchor Bernard Ndong' at Citizen TV studio
    Sports anchor Bernard Ndong' at Citizen TV studio
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    Mwanaisha Chidzuga 

    She is a former news anchor at K24 TV.  

    Mwanaisha has also worked at Kenya Television Network (KTN), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and Pwani FM.

    Her mother, the late Zainab Chidzuga, was the Woman Representative for Kwale County from 2013 to 2017 when she lost the seat to the incumbent Zuleikha Hassan.

    Her uncle is veteran coastal politician Ali Chirau Mwakwere who previously served as Matuga MP and Cabinet Minister in charge of various portfolios in the Kibaki regime. 

    Former K24 TV News Anchor Mwanaisha Chidzuga at the station's studios along Kijabe Street, Nairobi.
    Former K24 TV News Anchor Mwanaisha Chidzuga at the station's studios along Kijabe Street, Nairobi.
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    Mukami Wambora

    She is a sports journalist at Citizen TV. Before joining Royal Media Services (RMS), Mukami worked as a sports journalist at Kiss TV. She has also previously worked for Capital FM.

    Mukami, who holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Liverpool, is the daughter of the current Governor of Embu, Martin Wambora.

    Citizen TV Sports anchor Mukami Wambora
    Citizen TV Sports anchor Mukami Wambora
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    Waihiga Mwaura

    He is an anchor and Managing Editor at Citizen TV.

    His father, David Mwaura, is a respected politician who heads the Agano Party and has unsuccessfully attempted to vie for political office.

    In 2011, the senior Mwaura lost the Kamukunji by-election whose seat fell vacant after the high court nullified Simon Mbugua's election citing numerous malpractices in 2007.

    An undated image of citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura.
    An undated image of citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura.
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    Willis Raburu

    He is a TV presenter at Citizen TV. Willis, a Moi University alumnus, also hosts the mid-morning on Hot 96.

    His father, Peter Raburu, was a powerful man in the government when the late President Daniel Arap Moi was in power.

    The senior Raburu served as a Provisional Commissioner (PC) in Rift Valley during the Moi era. At that time, PCs were the president's representatives in the now defuncts provinces.

    Citizen TV anchor Willis Raburu pictured during a past news bulletin
    Citizen TV anchor Willis Raburu pictured during a past news bulletin
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    Klein Musyoka 

    He has worked for a number of local media and production houses.

    Klein, who holds a Journalism degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN), also owns Heart Beats Studios, where he doubles up as a rapper and a producer.

    His father, Kalonzo Musyoka, served as the Vice-President of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. 

    The senior Musyoka has also held several ministerial dockets and is the party leader of Wiper.

    File image of Klein Musyoka.
    File image of Klein Musyoka.

    Eugene Anangwe  

    He is the Chief Executive Officer at Look UP TV. Anangwe has also worked at TV47 where he was the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He also had a stint at Kenya Television Network (KTN), where he was a producer, reporter and anchor.

    In August 2018, he got a job at CNBC Africa where he was a producer and senior anchor until February 2019.

    He is the son of Dr Amukowa Anangwe, who is the former Member of Parliament for Butere Constituency. 

    The senior Anangwe served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs during the regime of the late President Daniel Arap Moi.

    A file photo of former TV 47 CEO Eugene Anangwe
    A file photo of former TV 47 CEO Eugene Anangwe
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