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Citizen TV’s Yvonne Okwara Promoted To Senior Role

Citizen TV news anchor Yvonne Okwara has been elevated to the role of Business Editor at the Royal Media Services (RMS) premium TV station.

The NewsGang show host reflected the new changes on her Twitter and LinkedIn profiles and assumed her new roles as from December 1, 2021.

She was promoted to the new role to replace Joseph Bonyo, who was promoted to the role of Managing Editor at the newly-launched Ramogi TV station.

Anchors Yvonne Okwara (left), Mashirima Kapombe (right) and Wangechi Muriuki (middle) pose for a selfie during the launch of Ramogi TV on Monday, November 29, 2021. /INSTAGRAM.JASE MWANGI

The anchor will lead the business desk as well as anchor news, host News Gang every Thursday, The Explainer and a weekly business show. She is also in charge of Citizen TV’s research team. 

Okwara is a veteran in the media industry having joined 13 years ago. Other than being a news anchor, she is also an experienced voice over artist, moderator, broadcast producer, content creator and news strategist.

She previously held stints at KTN News, K24, Hot 96, defunct QFM and NTV. She left KTN News in May 2018 for a role at Citizen TV.

“If you are passionate about something, then study, not necessarily in that field. For me, I graduated with a degree in Microbiology at JKUAT and Science is my passion. Going to school is all about being educated,” she disclosed in a past interview why she joined the media industry despite having a degree in Microbiology.

Okwara was this year featured in the book LeadHers: Life Lessons from African Women, in partnership with Facebook that celebrated 19 leading women from across the continent.

Recently, she sent a hard-hitting letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta over the Pandora Papers global expose following his promise to comprehensively address the issue.

“Dear Mr President, there is a matter, an important one requiring your response… Now that your guest has gone, we are hoping that you will embark on the promise you made to us on 4th October over the expose on cash in foreign accounts in what came to be known as the Pandora Papers,” she said in part.

Meanwhile, the newly-launched Ramogi TV brought in presenters such as Citizen TV’s Trevor Ombija, Sharon Ong’ao, Cleophas Oluoch, Joyce Oduor, George Bati, Lydia Okeo, Ochieng Emmanuel, Syprose Okinda and Jael Lieta.

Ombija was the Master of Ceremony at the launch event on Monday, November 29 and had praised the administration’s commitment to continuing to offer content to Kenyans in local dialects.

“Wise men said that a country is only built by stories. Luos have waited for the opportunity of joining the national conversation. From today, the help has come to the Luo nation, and we welcome you to your new home where help brings growth where we can find hope and show love,” he tweeted in part.

The TV station rose to popularity after its Twak Makende phrase during ODM leader Raila Odinga’s exclusive interview went viral across social media.

The ‘Twak Makende’ phrase that appeared in the newly-launched Ramogi TV station. /FILE

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