5 top politicians who have stormed out of Live TV interviews

Here are the Kenyan politicians who have left news anchors speechless after walking out of TV interviews.


In Kenya, politicians get quite uncomfortable during interviews especially when being questioned on controversial topics involving corruption, abuse of office among others.

On Thursday, aspiring Uasin Gishu  Woman representative Boss Gladys Shollei joined the list of politicians who have stormed out of TV interviews.

During a one-on-one segment with NTV news anchor Jane Ngoiri, Shollei who is the former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, angrily walked out of the interview when questioned about integrity issues.

Ngoiri brought to light some of the charges against Shollei that led to her sacking at the Judiciary.

In 2013, former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga fired Shollei over allegations that she misused Sh2.207 billion.

Mutunga, who was the Judicial Service Commission's (JSC) President highlighted that Shollei had been fired for incompetence, misbehavior, violation of the code of conduct for judicial officers, insubordination, and violation of Chapter Six and Article 232 of the Constitution.

When probed to clarify the allegations, the wife to Standard Group Limited CEO Sam Shollei, refused to answer and said that the interview will not continue.

"You are asking me the same questions that I answered before. I have explained it. It made headlines for 10 weeks and I gave my explanation.

You really want me to start narrating the story now? In fact, I do not think we should do this interview,” she stated before blasting Ngoiri.

2. Moses Kuria

Walking out of TV interviews is almost synonymous to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

The legislator has hit headlines after storming out of three TV interviews.

In 2015, the lawmaker walked out of an interview with Citizen TV anchor Hussein Mohammed, when a clip of him allegedly inciting youth in Gatundu was about to be played.

In March 2017 he exited KTN’s Radio Maisha studios after Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati criticized Jubilee for "lying to Kenyans".

Arati claimed that the  Standard Gauge Railway had stretched all the way to the Kenyattas' property.

"Na huo ndio ukweli na ukweli lazima usemwe. Hakuna siku tutakubali ifike kwa shamba la Kenyattas. Hakuna siku sisi tutabembelezana na Jubilee...ukweli hawataki kusikia (That is the truth and it must be told. We will never allow the railway to reach the Kenyattas' property. We will never go easy on Jubilee...they don't want the truth)," Arati emphasized.

Last month during the Jubilee primaries, the legislator was giving a comment to a reporter questioning on alleged rigging at his constituency, when he angrily stormed out.

Kuria uttered unprintable words before abandoning the NTV reporter.

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3. Boniface Mwangi

Human Rights activist and Starehe aspiring MP, Boniface Mwangi, walked out of popular Jeff Koinange Live (JKL) Show in 2016.

Mwangi bolted out after Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria walked into the set unceremoniously.

The activist accused the show host Jeff Koinange of lying to him and secretly inviting Kuria for the interview.

"Jeff lied to me, I asked him who else was on the bench and he didn't say Kuria was among them. I cannot discuss any matter with the likes of Kuria," Mwangi claimed.

4. Anyang Nyong'o

Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o shocked Citizen TV news anchor Lillian Muli when he awkwardly walked out of the set.

Nyong'o was at the time, the Minister of Medical Services and was at the station to discuss  the crisis in the health sector after doctors went on strike.

When Muli was still on camera signing out, Nyong'o walked out after handing her documents to clear the air.

Nonetheless, Nyong'o's walking out was not dramatic as the interview had already ended.

5. Alfred Mutua

Last year, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua made headlines after he reportedly walked of KTN studios, where he was scheduled to have an interview with news anchor Yvonne Okwara.

According to reports, the Governor refused to stay for the interview  after he found out that his opponents Francis Mwangangi (Wiper Yatta ) and Peter Mathuki were going to be part of the debate.

He had earlier announced that he would be in the interview but never appeared during the broadcast.


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