RMS was forced to end Sonko’s interview prematurely after attempts to stop the governor from attacking Passaris failed
When Nairobi governor Mike Sonko turned up for an interview with a local TV station, it was clear he came prepared to defend allegations made against him by Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris during the Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1. From the very onset, it looked like the county boss wanted to discuss nothing else, not even his development record in Nairobi, but the tiff he had with the woman rep who was not present to defend herself.
Attempts by the host of the popular Citizen TV’s show dubbed JKL, aired on every Wednesday at night, did little to stop the governor from raising the thorny subject, prompting Royal Media Services (RMS) to end the interview prematurely.
“Due to standards and quality control here at Royal Media Services governor it looks like we cannot continue with this interview,” the host announced.
In response, Sonko accused the station of being one-sided and shying away from what he termed as the real facts after he was denied opportunity to talk about his issues with Passaris.
“Yes because you are one-sided, you are shying away from the real facts,” Sonko said as the interview ended a few minutes after it started.
Sonko’s fight with Passaris started on the Madaraka Day when the woman rep took to the podium to give her speech and in the process accused the governor of often snubbing her phone calls regardless of urgency of the matter at hand, among other allegations that offended the county chief. In a rejoinder, Sonko told off the woman rep for demanding that he picks her calls saying he was not her husband. “I do not pick up calls when I am in a meeting like this one. Sometimes I ring president but he does not return my calls. I am not your husband to receive your phone calls whenever you want,” the governor said, prompting Passaris to walk out on him.
About two days later, a damning phone conversation between a lady presumed to be Passaris begging for cash and love from a man believed to be Sonko was leaked on social media. The lady who disclosed she was staying at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi at the time needed some finanical assistance which the man agreed to give her, on the same day. In return she offered to support the man’s political campaign and love him more and even invited him to the hotel, a request he declined saying he is married.
Appearing on JKL on Wednesday night, the governor did not deny leaking the viral phone conversation. In fact, Sonko confirmed he was the man in the audio recording and reiterated the woman rep wanted him to go to the hotel, an invitation that he turned down. It was at that point that the interview was aborted.