Kenya’s leading Television Station, Citizen, has added rich talent to its array of gifted news anchors by bringing on board Salim Swaleh.
Salim Swaleh will present Swahili news every Sunday, beginning June 19. He takes over the Sunday show from the powerful duo of Lulu Hassan and Kanze Dena.
Prior to joining Citizen Television, Salim Swaleh was an editor at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) which has its headquarters in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
He served in the senior editorial position for eight years. Salim Swaleh was also a radio presenter and a special analyst on African news on the IRIB’s affiliate, Press Television.
“I am grateful to the Royal Media Services management for the opportunity they have given me to showcase my talent. I came in as Swahili News Editor but the top management had faith in me, and they have created a news programme that will incorporate me on Sundays. I am happy,” Salim told eDaily.
“When I received the news about my new role, I was ecstatic. Everyone at home celebrated with me. My phone has since become engaged, almost every hour – people are happy for me and they wish me well.”
But what will be the nature of his show? Considering for a while now, the powerful pair of Lulu Hassan and Kanze Dena have been presenting topical issues alongside news – and more noticeably the Kanga on Sundays.
“The Sunday show will be called Nipashe Jumapili. Besides news, we will have heated up discussions on matters politics, economy, law, social debates among other topics. We will be inviting to the show guests and analysts to help shed light on the agenda of the day. We promise to give viewers value for their viewership – just like Kanze and Lulu do,” Mr Swaleh said.
“I am taking over from the two respected journalists (Lulu Hassan and Kanze Dena). I feel the pressure to maintain the tempo, but since I would be doing something different, I promise to bring with me new ideas, perspectives and action,” said Swaleh.
Salim Swaleh says despite anxiety – which is expected anyway –, he is gearing up to get active for the TV show.
“I am preparing myself psychologically and at the same time, consulting a lot.
“Citizen Television is a market leader, and being part of it, is a responsibility I do not take for granted. I will use the platform very well,” said the Nakuru born and bred media personality.
Salim Swaleh is an alumnus of Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and Tehran University in Iran.