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Mohammed Ali Resigns from NTV Over Claims of Political & Business Interference

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East Africa’s top investigative scribe, Mohammed Ali, is leaving Nation Media Group after less than 4 months at the media house’s TV station, NTV. Mohammed Ali who is very principled left KTN in July issuing a notice of resignation before quitting to join NTV. But what he expected to find at NTV was a better working environment with his work and worth well appreciated.

This was not to be as sources close to Mohammed Ali indicate that investigative work done by Ali and John Allan Namu were frequently altered to suit ethnic or political interests. Sources at NMG indicate that top executives at Nation Media Group are either under control of State House mandarins or corporates who will either kill a story for either narrow political or business interest.

The source said that many journalists at Nation Media Group verticals feel frustrated and bullied into accepting their stories watered down. Last year, over 10 journalists left Nation Media Group for other media houses claiming undue influence on the editorial by individuals and corporates who would not want to see a story critical of their interests see the light of day.

Mohammed Ali did not give one month’s notice to Nation Media Group before resigning. He submitted a one day notice and is said to have already collected his letter after clearing with all departments at the Twin Towers as Nation Centre is famously called. Standard Group has agreed to fully pay Nation Media Group, on behalf of Ali, the one month salary penalty for the short notice.

Civil Service boss, Francis Kimemia and Transport minister Amos Kimunya are reported to be the two frequent callers to NMG. These two have a direct line with the NMG’s editors and other top honchos that whatever they decide that will not see the light will never be published.

One Editor at NTV recently met Atul Chandaria of I&M Bank at the New Stanley hotel and was paid around Ksh 5 million so that I&M bank would not be negatively mentioned in an investigative piece which was being done about Money Laundering. The story was discarded as businessmen and politicians called top NMG editors and management.

Atul Chandaria’s lawyer later offered bribes to scribes close to NMG editors to help discredit Ali’s story incase he went ahead and had it run elsewhere.

Another source at NTV indicate that Ali had to contend with his investigative pieces watered down. One instance was when the editors waited for Ali to fly to South Africa before greatly watering-down his investigative piece. The source reveal that the last incidence was when a piece by Mohammed Ali was reduced from close to 60 minutes to around 32 minutes without proper explanation. The sad part is that key parts implicating top government officials on various misdeeds were removed from the script.

The source stated, “Nation Media Group is run by the PNU aligned politicians who are very close to state house. Take that to the bank.”

Other print journalists like Oliver Mathenge have been assigned to cover Uhuru Kenyatta who is a fellow tribesman of top NMG bosses and those close to State House ensuring that nothing so negative about Uhuru Kenyatta will see the light of day at Nation Media Group. Reading stories, tweets and Facebook posts of Oliver Mathenge will show you how loyal he is to the TNA cause.

4 Other journalists are already lined up to follow Mohammed Ali on his way out. They are Joe Ageyo, Linda Ogutu and a Ms Yvonne from productions among others. At KTN Moha will meet Louis Otieno, Emmanuel Talam and others.

Joe Ageyo and Linda Ogutu have already submitted their resignation to the management while John Allan Namu is yet to submit his.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (


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  1. …maybe the truth will now see the light of day!
    Queries like, Where is Lucy Kibaki?

    …Change is inevitable!
    Kudos to Moha!

  2. Ideally, you would like to have mass media to be non-partisan. That rarely ever happens. Even in the US, a nation that prides itself to be mother of modern democracy, major media outlets are clearly partisan. FOX-News Wall Street Journal, NY Post,US News and World Report and National Review are conservative. NY Times,LA Times and MSNBC are liberal. If journalist are uncomfortable, self selection has to occur. The move to media outlets that support and reaffirm their political inclination. It is not that they are obsolutely objective.

  3. Kenya! Moi had KANU as ‘baba na mama’. Kibaki has fellows who will never butt an eye-lid when it comes to doing dirty business with/in the govt at the expense of the citizenry.

  4. Moha The lord bless you for courage u hv.The same pple who r strugglng wth uongozi kenya are the ones who are paid to protect their tribemen corrupt deals.

  5. i wondered why his investigative reports lacked that oomph factor they way they did @ KTN’s Jicho pevu…….It’s a shame that media houses have to bend over to politicians…….what happened to free n fair journalism…… this time of the year….kenya needds non partisan journalism…….

  6. Please note that there is no person called Atul Chandaria associated with I&M Bank. Perhaps the blogger has mixed up the name of some other bank.

  7. The press in kenya so corrupt, materially and morally, yet shout at their peak awards and impartiality they pretend for. In kenya, every journalist is first his/her tribe then kenya later. Even Moha knows the buttered side of the story and help me not impute improper motive but let the news flow! He should embark to investigate Moi’s unexplained wealth, Ouko murder, political elections clashes, etc. Mediahouses in kenya take public stupid now that they’re trooping to the Standard group to earn salaries they know is public coffers looted in Kanu era. Recycled journalists coming gone to party is news?

  8. It is good tha Ali resigned. When will Kenyan leaders ever change, media is the watchdog of the society and it’s role is to correct the gvnt not ally with the same corrupt individuals. Media owners should stop getting along journalist’s way. It is pure loss when hard work go down the drain, whatever happened to media ethics!!!

  9. I hope you don’t expect us to just believe everything you just told us? During this election period, politicians are using every avenue to discredit opponents through propaganda. You might have be paid, who knows!

  10. I personally want to believe that murkier showdons in one of the best media house is nothing but mere hogwash.If it is true I will aloof myself with any form of information relayed through this media house.Kenya is a sovereign sate and communication should not be lip tied neither can we allow our devoted news men to be frustrated in their line of duty at the expense of some few self centered,egocentric political cocoons

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