Hussein Mohamed: Why I Accepted Ruto's Job Offer

  • Deputy President William Ruto together with Hussein Mohamed at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi County on January 24, 2021.
    Deputy President William Ruto together with Hussein Mohamed at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi County on January 24, 2021.
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  • Former Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohamed has revealed why he accepted Deputy President William Ruto's job.

    Hussein was unveiled as head of communication in DP Ruto's Presidential campaign through a public statement on Monday, January 24.

    "Hussein Mohammed, the renowned TV journalist, has been appointed Head of Communications in the William Ruto Presidential Campaign. Welcome to the Hustler team," the second in command wrote on his official social media page.

    Celebrated news anchor Hussein Mohamed during his exit party at Citizen TV on October 29, 2020
    Celebrated news anchor Hussein Mohamed during his exit party at Citizen TV on October 29, 2020
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    Revealing the reason for accepting the job offer, Hussein noted that he shares in Ruto's hustler narrative which, according to him, further resonates with other many Kenyans.

    The journalist also made it clear Ruto's idea of driving a paradigm shift is what attracted him to accept the job offer.

    Hussein thanked Ruto for appointing him to head his presidential campaign's communication ahead of the August 9 election.

    “I share with the hustler story and so do the majority of Kenyans. Nothing gives me more pleasure than being part of this team that is driving a paradigm shift in our politics and ultimately, governance from top-down, to bottom-up,” Hussein wrote on his social media page on Monday, January 24.

    His role will entail drafting and spearheading communication channeled out from Ruto's side and crafting a niche towards making the second in command the next head of state.

    The celebrated journalist quit TV in October 2019 ending a career spanning close to 10 years to focus on other issues.

    "It has been a wonderful 10 years at Citizen TV. I have enjoyed and relished every moment I shared with my colleagues at RMS,”  Hussein explained.

    At Citizen TV, he hosted News Night which is currently being hosted by Wahiga Mwaura. On the show, he interviewed top political figures during prime time news including President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga among others.

    His exemplary skills earned him the Order of the Burning Spear, a prestigious award conferred by the head of state.

    "I’m humbled and honored to receive the award of the ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear’, MBS. Thank you President Uhuru Kenyatta Indeed serving the nation is the true calling. To the nation that I served and will serve, thank you for the support. Again, see you soon," Hussein wrote on December 20, 2019, after being conferred with the award.

    After bagging the award, Hussein maintained a low profile taking up consultancy roles and other communication-related side hustles.

    Hussein now joins the outgoing Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok who was appointed as the Director-General of Ruto’s 2022 campaign secretariat.

    File image of Deputy President William Ruto.
    File image of Deputy President William Ruto.