Monday, May 15, 2023 –Citizen Tv’s journalist Ayub Abdikadir left the country excited as he took on President William Ruto in alive televised interview on Sunday May 14 night.
The fluent journalist, what many say is perfect replica of Mr. Mohamed Hussein due to his style of asking questions during interviews, went on an asking spree sometimes getting involved in a heated exchange with the head of State.
Looking straight into the eyes of the President, Ayub would pose a question without flinching an eye. On the other hand, Ruto would appear to struggle to respond before eventually giving an answer or a half-baked response.
His style of interviewing is same as that which Hussein Mohamed exhibited during his time at Citzien Tv before moving to become Statehouse Spokesperson.
“For the president, Kenya belongs to everybody but according to your deputy, this country is a shareholding firm where political appointees are rewarded according to what they brought on the table,” Abdi posed.
Ruto would start to evade the question by asking the journalist to invite the subject who is his deputy and find answers from him.
This saw Abdikadir forced to explain that it is not discussing the DP in his absence but actually discussing his pronouncements for the interest of the country. Ruto did not still agree with that before the Citizen journalist was forced to para-phrase the entire question.
“Okay what is your interpretation of a shareholding company Mr. President?” Ayub asked.
On answering, President Ruto said his administration is doing what it could to spread appointments across the entire nation.
“I think what Rigathi Gachagua is trying to say, while it is true that first, we must serve all Kenyans equally, we must to the extent possible spread appointments across the country.
“If it was the philosophy of my deputy, they wouldn’t qualify,” Ruto responded.
This made some of the hard but logic question Ayub shot straight to the head of State seeking clarifications.
Ayub rose to the public limelight after upsetting the norm during a televised interview with the former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
The Royal Media Services RMS Journalist’s journey began on the dusty and rugged football fields of Wajir where he spent most of his childhood playing football.
He attended Wajir Primary School before joining Wajir High School where he nurtured his communications skills and sense of curiosity, simply referred to as ‘nose for news’.
He would later join Mt Kenya University in Nairobi as a self-sponsored student.
And as they say, the rest is history, Abdikadir is now at Citizen Tv as a top journalist.
President William Ruto: I think what Rigathi Gachagua is trying to say, while it is true that first, we must serve all Kenyans equally, we must to the extent possible spread appointments across the country #ThePlan pic.twitter.com/g2c7XyUEhg
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) May 14, 2023