Celebrated journalist and news anchor Hussein Mohamed on Tuesday hosted his last bulletin ahead of his resignation from the Royal Media Services (RMS).
“Irritating” interview Raila mentioned in farewell message to Hussein Mohamed
" Sometimes he is irritating when he persists with his questions"
His colleagues prepared a special edition where they collected farewell messages from his cwork colleagues as well as among his high profile guests – among them ODM Leader Raila Odinga.
Odinga praised Mohamed as a professional who was thorough in doing his homework before starting off the interview.
The former Prime Minister went further to remark that Hussein was so persistent in his search for answers that sometimes guests can get irritated.
“I want to wish him all the best. He has been one of the best interviewers Citizen TV has ever had. He always does a lot of background research before the interview. Whenever he is posing questions he always has an answer for it.”
"I have been there a lot and I have found myself in an uncomfortable situation, especially when you are economical with the truth. Sometimes he is irritating when he persists with his questions, trying to get to the bottom of the matter. He will persist until you answer. You may find him a little bit uncomfortable but his stances have enriched our political landscape," Odinga stated in his farewell message.
Pulse Live Kenya researched on Odinga past interviews with Mohammed and none met the description as one which was conducted on May 4th in 2017 at the ODM Leader’s Karen home.
At the time, Odinga had just been picked as the NASA flag bearer despite some opposition from Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka who had called for implementation of a 2013 MoU between the two leaders.
“Last year I interviewed you on the MoU with Kalonzo Musyoka and you insisted that it was valid on the assumption that you would become President in 2013, what if the same thing happens in 2017?” Mohamed posed.
Odinga responded by indicating that the agreement would have been overtaken by events, but did not want to commit on whether he would run again in 2022.
As Hussein pursued the question asking if the 2017 was the “final bullet” for Odinga.
“I have said I will be the Joshua crossing Kenyans to the other side. Hussein, why don’t we move to another subject, this is becoming dull,” a visibly irritated Odinga posed.
Here is the video, courtesy of Citizen TV (jump to minute 18-22):
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