Reports: Hassan Mugambi, Chemutai Goin To Leave Citizen TV

Mugambi has been a mainstay at Citizen TV for the past six years and has wielded two roles at a go; as a news anchor and a security reporter.

Reports: Hassan Mugambi, Chemutai Goin To Leave Citizen TV
Side by side image of Chemutai Goin (left) and Hassan Mugambi (right). /CHEMUTAI GOIN.HASSAN MUGAMBI

Citizen TV is reported to be on the verge of losing two of its best TV journalists, Hassan Mugambi and Chemutai Goin amidst rumours of a transition into the Kenya Kwanza government.

Viral Tea understands that Mugambi is rumoured to be leaving the country's largest TV station and is serving notice before his departure. Goin is likewise serving her notice and is expected to leave the Royal Media Services (RMS) TV station imminently.

Mugambi has been a mainstay at Citizen TV for the past six years and has wielded two roles at a go; as a news anchor and a security reporter.

He served at K24 under Mediamax Limited and joined RMS in September 2016, rising from a reporter to a Swahili news anchor.

Hassan Mugambi posing next to the Kenyan Coat of Arms at Washington DC in the United States (US). /HASSAN MUGAMBI

His prowess in the Swahili language had earned him an anchoring slot at news shows including Sema na Citizen alongside Lulu Hassan on Fridays.

During his tenure at the station, Mugambi has garnered widespread recognition, including prestigious awards such as the Outstanding Media Security Investigative Journalist 2019 accolade.

His relentless coverage of security matters in the country earned him a commendation from the Protective and Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK).

Goin on her part exits Citizen TV having begun as an intern at Standard Group Limited's KTN before rising to prominence in Kenya's media industry, with stints at Capital FM and Media Max, which owns K24 TV, before joining RMS

In her career, Goin has been one of the key voices in Kenya's political journalism and is renowned for covering the 2017 and 2022 General Elections in both English and Kiswahili languages.

Other than being a TV reporter, Goin also works as a political and health news writer for the Citizen Digital platform at RMS. 

In her decade of experience, she has received numerous accolades including a Presidential Award on June 1, 2020, during Kenya’s Madaraka Day celebrations. 

Although neither Mugambi nor Goin had yet to officially confirm their impending departures by the time of publishing this story, speculation is rife regarding their next career moves.

It is rumoured that Mugambi will be joining the Ministry of Defence under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, evidenced by his recent social media activity showcasing support for Duale's initiatives.

He was, for example, believed to have accompanied CS Duale on his trip to the United States (US), with a photo showing him posing next to the Kenyan Coat of Arms in the American nation.

On the other hand, Goin is reportedly set to assume a role within the Speaker of the National Assembly's office.

The two departures are a massive blow to the RMS-owned TV station, losing sections of journalists that include Sam Ogina, Francis Gachuri, Raquel Muigai, Mukami Wambora and Bernard Ndong among others.

While Gachuri left Citizen TV in March 2023 after 16 years to serve as the Head of Communications in the Ministry of Interior headed by Cabinet Secretary Professor Kithure Kindiki, Ogina joined the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) as a senior communications officer, attached to the National Assembly.

Mukami Wambora at her former workplace, Citizen TV studios. /FACEBOOK.MUKAMI WAMBORA

Wambora silently left Citizen TV in October 2022 and currently serves as the treasurer of the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK).

To make up for the exits however, Citizen TV has been on a raiding spree over the years on rival media houses to cover for recent departures, with Ayub Abdikadir, Serfine Achieng, Jimmy Mbogoh and Jasmine Wambui all joining the station between 2022 and 2024.