Citizen TV’s Hassan Mugambi explains why he lost his cool during live broadcast


Citizen Television reporter Hassan Mugambi says a disorderly crowd at the press conference called by Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, held at the dusitD2 Hotel on Wednesday morning sparked fury in him, forcing him [Mugambi] to try and restore order.

Hassan Mugambi was delivering a live report, when a group of journalists and non-journalists thronged the area around Mr Matiangi’s press conference venue, consequently, blocking Citizen TV’s cameraperson from getting a clear shot of the CS.

A rightfully irritated Hassan Mugambi, as a result, surged toward the crowd and unleashed light slaps on the backs of those who were blocking his vision. That incident was captured on tape.

“I was live on Citizen TV, when the selfish and quite inconsiderate group decided to form a human ring around the CS’s venue for press conference. Our cameraperson couldn’t get a decent shot of the CS, who was about to address the journalists. Until that incident, we had agreed that no one would block the frontal space of the venue, where the CS made his address. However, the group quickly forgot our agreement, and decided to defy it, with some occupying that space while carrying their smartphones. I was, consequently, angry because our news director was shouting in my ear piece asking for a clear shot. I found myself being aggressive toward the group,” Hassan Mugambi told EDAILY on Wednesday.

Mr Matiang’i – in his address –, assured Kenyans that the terrorists, who raided dusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon killing 14 people had been killed.

The CS told Kenyans that “Kenya was safe, henceforth”.

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