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Gender Ministry condemns Jeff Koinange’s ‘rape’ show

The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs has added its voice to the public outcry over an episode on a live TV show involving two Nairobi gubernatorial aspirants.

In a strongly-worded statement, the ministry condemned the events that transpired during the show terming it “trivialization of the crime of rape.”

During last Wednesday night’s edition of the Jeff Koinange Live show on KTN, lawyer Miguna Miguna made lewd remarks about businesswoman Esther Passaris which touched on rape as the two guests engaged in a heated debate.

In her statement, Gender Ministry Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has accused the so called actors who stood by and watched and wondered why the media house (KTN) allowed the show to continue.


“The sorry scene was made equally worse by the collective failure of the several actors who stood by and watched from a distant. Why did the media house allow the continued assault? Why didn’t anyone step in? Who were behind the scenes? Who were these silent actors?” Ms Kariuki wondered.

She also took exception with subsequent comments on social media that sought to normalize the incident.

“The abusive and derogatory language used on KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live and the release of behind-the-scenes footage from the show to the wider public, sought to extend the victim shaming,” she said.

She further urged the Media Council of Kenya to pull down the offending content of this particular and other similar incidents and in future take quick and decisive action to protect victims.