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Losers, no winners: Mwangaza impeached and Njiru settlers evicted

analysis, monitoring

Introduction

The report covers October 24 to 27, 2023, and encapsulates the heartbeat of the digital age, capturing the captivating narratives that have woven themselves into the fabric of public consciousness. Some of the topics include, El Nino, #NYSreloaded &Moses Kuria, Kawira Mwangaza.

El Nino

On October 22, President William Ruto declared that the country would not receive the anticipated El Niño rains as initially predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department. The department had revised its forecast to heavy rains instead. The Head of State further indicated that the government is strategising to harness the forthcoming heavy rains to boost food production. The Meteorological Department had previously issued a cautionary statement regarding the anticipated heavy rainfall spanning from September 2023 to January 2024.


Impact on media

Media outlets might need to seek expert opinions and analysis on the government’s plans, the potential effects of the heavy rains, and the broader implications for the country. This can lead to in-depth discussions and debates on the subject.

The heavy rains can have positive and negative effects on different sectors of the economy. Media outlets may cover stories related to economic impacts such as flooding, infrastructure damage, and agricultural yields. The media must remain factual on El Nino for better public understanding.

The media need to continue to highlight stories on disaster preparedness, including measures to deal with potential flooding and its aftermath. This can serve as a reminder for citizens to take necessary precautions and for the government to ensure adequate disaster management.

Kirima and Njiru

Hundreds of squatters who settled on a 1,000-acre parcel of land in Nairobi’s Njiru area, owned by the family of former Starehe MP Gerishon Kirima, have been ordered to vacate the area by December 31 or face eviction. This decision marks a victory for the Kirima family, who have been in a longstanding legal battle with illegal settlers on the land since 2003. The Environment and Land Court judge, Samson Okong’o, dismissed the claims of squatters who argued that they had lived on the land uninterrupted for more than 12 years.

Impact on media

The resolution of a high-profile legal battle is likely to generate significant media attention. Media outlets may provide extensive coverage of the court’s decision, offering analysis and opinions from legal experts. The order to vacate comes in a few weeks after demolitions in nearby Mavoko, Machakos County. The media’s reporting style, tone, and framing can significantly influence public perception and opinions. Balanced and ethical reporting that highlights both sides of the story, the legal aspects, and the human impact is essential. The media can act as a watchdog, ensuring transparency and accountability in the case.

Kawira Mwangaza

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza was unanimously ousted by the county assembly on Wednesday, marking her second removal within a span of just 10 months. In an exhaustive session that extended over 12 hours, a decisive 59 out of 69 MCAs voted for her removal. The grounds revolve around allegations of obstructing unity and peace in the region, as well as purportedly impeding development and delivery of essential services to residents.

Notably, Kawira Mwangaza’s ouster sparked significant public attention, as it led to her name trending on social media with a substantial 14,000 tweets generated in more than 10 hours.


Impact on media

The removal of a governor is a major news event, and mainstream media outlets will likely give it extensive coverage. This can lead to increased airtime, print space, and digital content dedicated to this story, drawing more public attention to it.

High-profile political events can boost media ratings and readership. Viewers and readers are often drawn to stories that involve political intrigue and significant leadership changes, which can benefit media outlets in terms of increased audience engagement and advertising revenue. The media must ensure that they inform the public on how the Senate handles Kawira’s second impeachment.

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