Hussein Mohammed is a big name in the media industry and his decision to leave Citizen TV is a big shock to many of his fans and workmates alike.
The anchor who worked at Citizen TV for 10 years as the top political show host, had politicians and the famous people on ropes during his interviews as he nailed them down with tough questions.
In December 2016, he cornered DP William Ruto with hard-hitting questions ahead of the 2017 general election.
In a tense interview with Mohamed, the DP revealed why he insisted on the incorporation of the manual system of voter registration and identification.
This was despite the opposition’s move to stop the amendment of electoral law, terming it “a move crafted by the government to create room for vote-rigging in 2017 national polls.”
“It is said, it is only a fool who doesn’t change his mind. If you do something today and tomorrow you look at it and say it needs to be corrected, it doesn’t mean you are stupid. That means you are intelligent,” Ruto stated.
The interview elicited reactions as Kenyans questioned the commitment of the government in the fight against graft.
In July 2015, during The Big Question Interview on Citizen TV, Hussein Mohamed punched Moses Kuria (Gatundu South MP) with hard questions over his hate speech remarks.
On July 7, 2015, a video surfaced of Moses Kuria propagating hate speech. Upon being confronted on live TV by the no-nonsense anchor, Moses Kuria stormed out of the interview.
“We have a way we do things in Royal Media. We have correspondents. Let us play the footage. Let it be fair, you explain your sentiments to the audience,” Mohammed narrowed down on Kuria.
Moses Kuria had blamed the media for what he called biased reporting.
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Hussein interviewed Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, asking the lawmaker to give his account of what happened when police officers were roughed up at the dramatic church Harambee.
“I was to give every member (MP) a chance to talk,” Nyoro began. “Who gives you that right?” Mohamed cut him off.
“We were in Kiharu Hussein,” Ndindi responded. “So What?” the journalist rejoined.
The interview was so tensed up, forcing Nyoro to retort.
“So what?” Nyoro repeated in surprise.
Video courtesy of Citizen TV.