Frederick Muitiriri: NTV News Anchor Who Was Forced To Join Kenya Police To Finance His Journalism Course

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Ex-cop and NTV news anchor Frederick Muitiriri PHOTO/Courtesy

Frederick Muitiriri is a Swahili news anchor currently working at Nation Media Group-owned TV station NTV.

The media personality joined NTV in the run up to the August 9 General Elections after being poached from TV-47.

Interestingly, Muitiriri has worked in different sectors including the National Police Service.

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Here is his story as told by WoK.

Background

Muitiriri was born in 1985 in Molo, Nakuru County.

The media personality was brought up by a single mother together with his four brothers.

“The truth is, being a single mom of four boys can be quite rough when you are the mother, father, provider and mentor

“It’s not easy raising young men, giving each one of them full attention, while also providing for them,” he said in a past interview.

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Joining Kenya Police

Muitiriri interest in joining the police service grew as he was about to join high school, and even joined a scout movement.

“I was fascinated with the orderly structure of the military something I lacked. I decided to sign up for the local scout movement

“This angered many of the people involved. They thought my past behaviors spoke to the fact that I couldn’t keep up with such a disciplined group,” he recalled.

However, after completion of his secondary education, Muitiriri scored a C (minus) prompting him to join police service.

He always had interest in radio while growing up and he wanted to be like legendary football commentators were Ali Salim Manga and Jack Oyoo Sylvester.

However, at the Mombasa Polytechnic, he was required to pay Ksh 49,000 for modules 1 and 2 for broadcast journalism, but her mother didn’t have the money.

“My mother was feeling the burden of educating us all. I knew it would take a while before joining college, so I convinced myself that I’d educate myself rather than wait for so many years,” he said.

For this matter, Muitiriri joined the Kenya Police to save enough money and go back to pursue journalism.

The journalist served the government as a police officer for three years.

Journalism

After serving in the Kenya Police for three years, Muitiriri left to study journalism and applied for a Certificate in Broadcast Journalism at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

He graduated and after a year, he returned to KIMC for his Diploma before graduating later in 2011.

After his graduation, Muitiriri landed a radio gig with a Nakuru-based station dubbed, Hero FM but left three months later.

Mutuiriri would later transition to Standard Media Group in 2013 and was selected to temporarily replace Radio Maisha’s Anthony Ndiema who was on leave.

After his time at Standard Media Group, the anchor landed a job at Royal Media Services’ Inooro TV where he served from 2018.

In 2020, he  made a move to Switch TV where he presented the news bulletin in English, but the station folded its broadcast department in December 2021.

In January 2022, the media personality got an offer to join Cape Media-owned TV station, TV47 as a Swahili news anchor.

On Dec 31st 2021, my former station officially closed and rendered many of us jobless, COVID-19 manenos, but by 5th of Jan 2022, God had already opened a new door at TV47, Home of Untold Stories,” he announced the move.

In July 2022, NTV poached Muitiriri from TV47 to join the media station’s Swahili news anchors line-up.

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